As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving amid the Covid-19 epidemic, many professional athletes are doing what they can to ensure their communities do not go hungry this Thursday.
Adrian Peterson, running behind the Lions, teamed up with Athlete Corner to help fight hunger in Detroit by donating 100,000 meals to needy families this holiday season.
Peterson initially planned to donate 1,000 meals for each Lions touchdown and 2,000 meals for his own touchdowns in November and December, according to an op-ed. Peterson wrote in Detroit Free Press.
“One in seven people in Michigan report dealing with food insecurity. According to Feeding USA, The country’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, and includes one in seven children. “
Peterson and the Lions will face Houston Texan on Thanksgiving Day, and the 35-year-old wants to “take a second and learn why I’m dedicating this show exclusively to myself.”
The donation will go to Glenners’ Community Community Food Bank, which serves Wayne, Auckland, McComb, Livingston and Monroe counties in Michigan with the support of Feeding America.
It’s as if more athletes are serving their neighbors and communities this Sunday season.
- Tennessee Titans Cornerback Malcolm Butler has helped feed 600 needy families in three cities with grocery gift cards and Thanksgiving donations. she was Named Week 11 NFLPA Comm Community MVP for their charitable efforts. According to an NFLPA press release, the Super Bowl champion donated his team to Nashville, his hometown of Wicksburg, Mississippi, and his college town of Livingston, West Alabama. Butler allegedly “provided free Covid-19 testing and gift cards” to 200 underprivileged families in Nashville on Tuesday. In his hometown, the rescue bank “distributed 200 gift cards to three local food pantries.” Then West Alabama Alum University “donated 5 5,000 to the UWA’s Hunger / Epidemic Relief Fund, which provided 200 meals for the needy and the students could not go home to say thank you.”
- They were hosted by White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and his wife Bria. Third Annual Homeplate Turkey Drives Through Its League of Leaders Outreach Program on Monday. Volunteers from Tim’s Alma Mater Hillcross High School in Tuxalusa, Ala., Threw 205 pre-ordered turkeys into the trunks of cars belonging to needy families.