The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank received news of a surprise donation this morning on the KDKA Radio Morning Show with Larry Richert and Kevin Battle.
Larry Richert, long-time friends with the late Bruno Sammartino, told Brian Gulish, VP of Marketing & Communication for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, that the Bruno and Carol Sammartino Foundation is making a donation to the Food Bank.
"You know, Bruno lived in Italy, survived the Nazi SS, knows what it was like to be hungry and homeless and Carol (Bruno's wife) and Daryl (Bruno's son), in the name of Bruno and their late son Dan, wanted to make a donation to you today and I have been authorized to give you that number," Larry told Brian. "Ten thousand dollars."
"Wow - that is incredible, " said Brian. "That... it's early but I'm still speechless. I very much appreciate that on behalf of our entire organization. That's 50,000 meals right there."
"I know Bruno's smiling on us right now," said Larry. "He would've thought that was awesome."
"My mother is very pleased to know that this donation will provide immediate food to those in most need of meals at this time," said Darryl Sammartino, Executive Director for the Bruno And Carol Sammartino Foundation. "This is exactly the type of support that would make my late father very proud."
Gulish said that typically, the Food Bank serves about 120,000 people in southwestern PA, with about half of those being children and senior citizens. "Throughout the year, we do provide enough food for approximately 35.5 million meals (last year)."
On Monday, the Food Bank held an emergency food distribution at their warehouse in Duquesne. The no-touch drive up event began at noon, with some cars lining up as early as 7am.
Gulish said one in seven people in southwestern Pennsylvania are food-insecure.
Learn more about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank here.