FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Community
Food and Outreach Center Launch Campaign to Help Local Families During
the NBA Lockout
Mayor Dyer Rallies Mayors from NBA Cities to Join the Effort
November 16th, 2011 - The Community Food and Outreach Center and Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer are launching a campaign to help families hurt by the
economic crisis that has hit Central Florida and other cities across the
nation. The NBALockoutRelief.org Campaign is the Community Food and
Outreach Center’s most aggressive campaign to date to help provide food
for hungry families in Central Florida, rally community volunteers and
help the thousands of families who are in need due to the NBA Lockout.
Orlando Mayor Dyer is working with Mayors in other NBA cities to develop
a nationwide effort to support these families and help them for as long
as this lockout lasts. Last month, Mayors of NBA cities issued an open
letter to the NBA and the NBA Players Union, asking them to consider the
consequences to cities if a lockout continues.
The NBALockoutRelief.org Campaign is also calling on NBA owners and
players to partner with the cities and personally adopt charities in
their respective communities and support them during this labor dispute.
The final part of the campaign calls on elected officials from all
levels including State officials and President Obama to volunteer and
offer support to assist these families and all the families in need
during this time.
With the Community Food and Outreach Center located 2 miles from the new
Amway Center, many of those who have lost their jobs or lost income due
to the NBA Lockout in Central Florida will look to the charity for help.
“We were already seeing almost 300 families in need, per day, at our
campus in Orlando; with the local economy struggling and taking an even
bigger hit now because of the lockout, that number will grow even larger
in the next few weeks. These are good people who are not looking for a
hand-out, but just need a hand-up to help them,” says Scott George, the
Co-Founder of the Community Food and Outreach Center that provides
hunger relief programs, crisis relief programs and educational programs
for hundreds of families each day on its Downtown Orlando campus.
“Win or lose, our residents support the Orlando Magic, just like the
residents of every NBA city do,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are
encouraging the owners and players to return the favor by supporting
families who are struggling as a direct result of the NBA Lockout.”
“These lockout families are not looking for entitlements to bail them
out of this crisis, they are not asking for hand-out solutions; they are
hard-working people that are victims of circumstances that are simply
out of their control,” said Andrae Bailey, Executive Director of
Community Food and Outreach Center. “The next few months are critical
for these families affected by the NBA Lockout across America,” said
Bailey. “This NBA Lockout needs to be an urgent wake-up call that we
have to do more for the hungry children and hurting families in Orlando
and across America during this critical time. We must join together now
to give a helping hand to our neighbors in need,” said Bailey.