During this unprecedented time when COVID-19 has brought youth and amateur sports to a screeching halt, the SFM Network facilities are working hard to continue to serve our communities. We are planning for the rebound and recovery and getting ready to re-open safely when the time is right.
In a recent blog we highlighted Cedar Point Sports Center’s partnership with their local Red Cross to host a blood drive. This week, we’re highlighting Hoover Metropolitan Complex in Hoover, Alabama. They have been a tremendous aid to their local community by providing necessary food services to those in need.
In the first several weeks of the pandemic when closures were happening all over the city, including the Hoover Met Complex, the SFM operations staff in partnership with the City of Hoover, was able to organize quickly to turn extra food that would otherwise go to waste into boxed lunches. The perishable foods in their pantries and refrigerators were donated to 911 dispatchers, medical professionals, and custodial workers who are tirelessly cleaning and disinfecting public spaces.
In addition, Hoover Met Complex was called upon to act as a retrieval location for school meals for local students who rely on their school lunch program for food every school day. It was quickly evident that the operations team needed to partner with their food and beverage manager, Jonathan (J.D.) Danforah, to utilize Hoover Met Complex as a valuable resource in assisting the city’s efforts to keep the community fed.
J.D. has come through for the City where others can’t; making calls to food distributors for coordinated food drops and making connections to ensure Hoover does not go without food to those most in need including the local Meals on Wheels program, who is currently serving 125 meals per day.
As J.D. continues to make food for the Hoover and neighboring communities a priority, he says he is happy he can do his part to help his city of Hoover and hopes this pandemic quickly subsides to bring normalcy back to the nation, City, and the complex.
Because J.D. has become such an asset to providing meals for the City, the county has also reached out for help with their emergency management team in a similar effort based on his knowledge and connections to food distributors. In partnership with his local town and county, J.D. is doing his part to assist the tremendous efforts of Hoover and Jefferson county through this difficult time.
Although Hoover Met Complex has had to postpone many of their large events, they are optimistic for the future and are using this time to plan for when sports makes a comeback in communities around the nation. To book their facility or learn more about Hoover Met Complex, visit their page.