Bruno and Carol Sammartino

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Sammartino Foundation Donates $10,000 To Pittsburgh Food Bank

Gift will provide 50,000 meals at a time of huge need. How you can honor Bruno's memory and join in to help.

Internationally known and beloved wrestler Bruno Sammartino knew what it was like to go hungry. As a young boy, Sammartino lived in Nazi occupied Italy, where his mother hid him and his siblings from German soldiers in the mountains above their village. Emelia Sammartino was forced to make grueling and dangerous trips into the town in search of food to keep her family alive.

Bruno Sammartino shared the fruits of his success with people who needed help.Bruno and Carol Sammartino Foundation/Facebook

Later, when he moved to Pittsburgh and became a successful WWF wrestler, Sammartino made it a point to be as generous as he could to people struggling like his family once did.

It's an honor to his memory that the Bruno and Carol Sammartino Foundation announced today that the Foundation is making a $10,000 donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Sammartino's adopted hometown.

The demand for emergency food has increased because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank/Facebook

The food bank's Brian Gulish made the announcement during an interview on KDKA radio. He welcomed the donation at a time when the need for food in the Pittsburgh area has rapidly increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gulish said the donation will cover the cost of 50,000 plus meals for people struggling to make ends meet.

"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."

Bruno and Carol Sammartino Foundation/Facebook

How can you start something good?

The Bruno And Carol Sammartino Foundation's mission is to provide people who are most in need of food, shelter, and services to ease the burden of life's basic necessities. If you'd like to support their mission, click here.

You can also support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank directly by clicking here. The food bank says a gift of $100 can provide 500 meals!

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