The New York Mets announced Friday they are creating the Mets COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Fund to aid employees that haven’t worked due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mets are putting $1.2 million into the program to provide money to eligible season game day staff, employees that worked 15 days last season and anyone that has lost jobs after the MLB suspended the season March 12.
The Mets are following in the footsteps of other local teams that started similar programs to help employees pay for food, medical care and other needs. On Thursday, the Yankees and New York City FC announced a $1.4 million program for game-day baseball and soccer workers at Yankee Stadium.
“The majority of these need-based grants will be distributed through the Mets COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Fund, which was established today in order to provide assistance to eligible Mets organization employees” the Mets said in a statement. “The remainder will be distributed to employees of our ballpark partners — Aramark, Alliance, and Impark and we are working with our partners to administer the distribution of those funds.
“The grants are intended to address the burden of paying for certain expenses arising from the pandemic associated with essentials such as food, medical care, shelter and other vital needs. Our hope is that these grants will help to ease the hardship suffered by the many game day staff members who have been impacted by this crisis.”
The Mets said eligible employees can file an application on the official website starting Tuesday.