Money goes to food banks, students, and more
Fall Out Boy is donating $100,000 from the Fall Out Boy Fund to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.
The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago and United Way of Metro Chicago to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to swiftly deploy resources to agencies that have immediate capacity to reach individuals and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 across the Chicago region. This includes, but is not limited to: food banks, food for students who normally get their meals through Chicago Public Schools, and direct monetary support for those who have suffered loss of income and jobs as a result of COVID-19.
“Chicago is the city that we grew up in. It’s important to us that we give back and support the community and local heroes who are on the front lines any way we can,” shares Pete Wentz. “No act of kindness is too small right now. Check in with the people you love. Support the businesses you love if you can. Stay vigilant and hopeful. Everyone is affected by this, and we win by coming together and thinking of the world as bigger of ourselves.”
Since its inception in 2017, the Fall Out Boy Fund – established as the band’s way to give back to their hometown city of Chicago – has donated to Chicago Public Schools and various local non-profit organizations such as Back to the Roots and the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
The band expanded the fund’s reach nationally with their M A N I A Tour, where a locally nominated Champion was spotlighted at each tour stop and a donation was made to a charity of their choice via the Fall Out Boy Fund. Organizations have included the American Diabetes Association, Buddy Project, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The Literacy Movement, Morpheus Youth Project and AWARE Wildlife Center.