Join Brewers Pitcher Chase Anderson in Striking Out Poverty This Season
When Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson takes the mound tonight, not only is he trying to mow down the St. Louis Cardinals, but he’s also helping to strike out poverty.
Before his last start (his first in a Brewers uniform), Anderson sent out this tweet.
I caught up with him to find out more about this initiative.
“In Spring Training, I met with a couple of guys–Milam Byers and Matt Price–and they work for Food for the Hungry,” Anderson said. “They asked if I would be willing to join their team and pledge per strikeout and try to get the Brewers fans and everybody into that so we can strike out poverty in the Dominican and keep going from there.”
Striking Out Poverty is a program within Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization. Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries, seeking to end all forms of human poverty. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and communities to invest in their own development.
Anderson says his eyes were opened when experiencing poverty up close during mission trips; it was those trips that gave him the desire to help more.
“My wife and I have gone on a mission trip the Philippines the last two offseasons. When we went over there and saw those kids…they are drinking dirty water out of the street and they don’t have any food to eat. Their single mom has nine kids, but they can’t feed one, so it kind of opened our hearts up to doing something like this,” Anderson said.
“We are excited that Chase has pledged all of his strikeouts this season to help end poverty in the Dominican Republic. We are honored to partner with him and Brewers fans to have an impact that reaches far beyond the ballpark,” Byers said.
Brewers fans can join Anderson in this effort by pledging a donation for every strikeout he records this season in support of Striking Out Poverty. Let’s hope not only for the Crew, but for those in need as well, that Anderson has many of those this year.