Pirates Closer Jason Grilli serves Grilled Cheese at Pittsburgh Food Bank
“Grilled Cheese” is the name that many Pirates fans use to refer to their Closer Jason Grilli. In the spirit of April being National Grilled Cheese Month Grilli found a fitting way to give back to the Pittsburgh community. Wednesday, Grilli spent part of his day volunteering at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
While there he spoke to roughly 150 people, then proceeded to grill and serve grilled cheese to families in need. This was done with the help of Land O’Lakes who donated 40,000 pounds of cheese products that will help provide more than 33,000 meals. According to the USDA, 49 million Americans are at risk of hunger.
“For a community that has given me so much — me and my family — and shown how much you love the Pirates and make sports an integral part of your daily lives, it was so easy to try and find a way to give back to you,” Grilli told the crowd of approximately 150 people just before lunch. “I like striking people out, but to be able to help strike out hunger is something that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time.”
Grilli’s Twitter handle is @GrillCheese49