Casinos Donate Food & Money to Help Communities Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many casinos across the US might have closed their venues but they are still helping their communities. A handful of casinos donated food and money to help their communities. These casinos are stepping up, despite losing profits and shares during the crisis.
- Three significant organizations are helping communities affected by the virus.
- Multiple states have introduced bans between two weeks and a full month on casino operations.
- A rescue package is currently stuck in Congress deliberations.
So, let’s take a look at how they’re helping.
Casinos Donate to Food Pantries & Nonprofits
MGM Resorts has donated 12 000 pounds of food to local pantries in Springfield, Massachusetts. While the MGM National Harbor casino, just outside DC, also gave to food banks.
Further, MGM casinos will do the same in Southern Nevada after all gaming operations in Las Vegas were shut down. These stocks are likely from kitchen orders that may go to waste.
Also, Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Casino in Lousiana has donated to area schools. While Las Vegas Sands has given $250 000 in donations to nonprofits helping Nevada. These measures could help vulnerable families on the poverty line to get through the next few weeks.
But, many food banks and pantries won’t accept donations from residents or churches. More so, new volunteers might be turned away. This is to stop the possible spread of the virus or other illnesses.
Curbing COVID-19 in the US
With over 200 000 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally and a death toll of 8000, steps to control the disease are in full swing. Here in the United States, over 7000 cases have been confirmed. New York and Oregon were hit the worst, sitting at roughly 500 cases each. After six weeks of failing to act, the federal government is, at last, doing something.
President Trump is pressuring Congress to allow a $1 trillion rescue package to help the economy and help affected families with relief checks. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department wants $250 billion in cash infusions to send out checks to Americans based on family size. Moreover, these checks will be determined by income.
Hopefully, casinos that contributed will be able to continue helping at-risk areas. If more casinos donate, these communities may be able to survive the crisis.