Yankees manager Aaron Boone serves up free meals for Bronx kids

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The Yankees stepped up to the plate Tuesday by handing out free meals to Bronx children.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone stepped away from his managerial duties to serve the community, alongside the American Dairy Association North East.

The team distributed free meals to kids at Mullaly Pool. The Parks Department, Hunger Free America and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson took part in the festivities.

Organizers say the first 100 kids who received lunch also got vouchers for two game tickets to the Yankees. Another program called August Reward Days features a giveaway of either tickets to the Yankees or merchandise to the first 50 kids who get lunch at select free summer meals sites.

Boone says nutrition is key not only for his players, but for kids.

"One of the things is we may have a future Yankee in the crowd today," says Boone. "Obviously, training and practice and all that stuff is is so important too, for players and their development. But, so equally important is nutrition."

Organizers say everyone who shares Boone's summer meals public service announcement on social media by searching #FREEMEALS311 will be entered into a random weekly drawing in August to receive a Yankees jersey autographed by Boone.

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