When public health officials and health experts asked Americans to avoid gathering for Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many northeastern casinos saw the opportunity to lend a helping hand to their communities.
Casinos in the northeast – including Hard Rock Atlantic City, Rivers Casino Schenectady and Tioga Downs donated food to those facing food insecurity and homelessness, as well as to elderly individuals unable to see their families due to COVID-19 precautions.
- Hard Rock Atlantic City, located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, assembled more than 475 bags of food which included frozen turkeys, potatoes, canned vegetables, and stuffing. The bags were delivered to affordable housing senior centers in town.
- Rivers Casino Schenectady, located in Schenectady, New York, donated turkeys and Thanksgiving sides to food pantries, senior centers, and homeless shelters.
- Tioga Downs, located in Nichols, New York, tripled all donations made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s11th Annual Turkey Drive, one of the many programs of the Food Bank aiming to build and sustain hunger-free communities in the areas it serves.
This charitable giving during the holiday season was not a stand-alone act. Casinos in other parts of the country also donated food and personal protective equipment during the Thanksgiving holiday, demonstrating the outsized role casinos can have in benefitting the health and safety of their communities.
Read more about casinos’ work to help those in need during Thanksgiving here.