Michael Jordan lends a hand with 'Cats Care'

Credit: Amy Lehtonen / WCNC.com

Bobcats chairman Michael Jordan helped distribute food at 5th Street Plaza at Time Warner Cable Arena Monday, February 20, 2012.

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by Mark Price / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 4:03 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan formally kicked off a new Bobcats charity initiative, Cats Care, today at Time Warner Cable Arena with the presentation of a refrigerated truck to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

The team also spent the day doing acts of kindness at charities including a food distribution at J.H. Gunn Elementary School and the Stratford-Richardson YMCA.

Second Harvest Executive Director Kay Carter says the truck is valued at $125,000, will be used as a mobile pantry capable of delivering food to people who do not have easy access to transportation, including many in the rural areas served by the food bank. Carter estimates that the truck will allow Second Harvest to deliver an additional 1.2 million pounds of food and help an extra 100,000 people in its first year. The food bank serves a 19 county area surrounding Charlotte.

The Bobcats approached Carter late last year and asked for her advice on how the team could have more impact in the fight against hunger. She submitted the proposal to the team last fall.

In addition to the truck, the team is giving Second Harvest $125,000 to buy food.

The team's Cats Care initiative will focus on education, wellness and the fight against hunger in the community.

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