In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, former and current Kansas City Chiefs players have generously donated funds to Harvesters – The Community Food Network and Jewish Family Services to provide hundreds of thousands of meals throughout the Greater Kansas City community.
Kansas City Chiefs and NFL Hall of Famer Will Shields and his wife, Senia, have donated funds through their Will to Succeed Foundation that will provide support for 60,000 meals through Harvesters. The Foundation also donated funds toward 36,000 meals served through Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City’s Food Pantry.
Jewish Family Services operates pantries at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, Kansas, and at its Brookside East location in Kansas City. Through its two pantry locations, JFS serves more than 400 families each month, providing 29,000 pounds of food. Harvesters provide meals across 26 counties spanning Kansas and Missouri, where 341,080 people are food-insecure, including more than 105,000 children, and missing an estimated 58.2 million meals annually.
“At times like these it is so important we come together as a team to help keep people fed,” Shields said in a press release. “We’re asking former Kansas City Chiefs players, local businesses and current and former elected officials to join in efforts helping out fellow citizens during these unprecedented times.”
Current Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill announced via Twitter that he would partner with Harvesters to donate 6,000 meals through his Chase 2 Change Foundation. Hill was the first Chiefs player to pledge a donation in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and challenged his teammates to do the same.
As the world endures a difficult time due to COVID-19, I am happy to partner with @harvesters to donate 6,000 meals to families. I’m challenging @patrickmahomes @killatrav @demarcusrobinson @gehrigdieter @mathieu_era @stonecoldjones95 @TheRealFrankC_ pic.twitter.com/wCGDQXPJOO— Ty Hill (@cheetah) March 16, 2020
Teammate Travis Kelce soon followed suit with a donation announcement. Kelce committed to making twice the number of donations to Harvesters – 12,000 meals in all. He also donated funds for food and supplies over a 15-week period to Operation Breakthrough.
Let’s go @cheetah!! I got your 6k and will raise you another 6k meals thru @harvestersorg! But we can’t leave our friends @OB_Inc_KC hanging, so we’re going to donate all the food & supplies for the next 15 weeks to keep it business as usual for the kids!! Much love KC! ❤️💛— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) March 17, 2020
Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes committed to donating 15,000 meals to Harvesters through his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation. Additionally, Mahomes will donate $100,000 to organizations in Kansas City affected by the crisis, including Kansas City Public School's lunch programs.
Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu also announced last week that he’s donating 30,000 meals to Harvesters.
The donations continue to pour in from various individuals, businesses and nonprofits.
United Missouri Bank CEO Mariner Kemper tweeted on March 20: “In response to the Covid-19 public health threat, and the social and economic disruptions it has created in the communities we serve, the Kemper family foundations are pledging $50,000 to help support each to the following organizations during this time of great need…”
The Kemper family foundations pledged $50,000 to The KC Girl’s Preparatory Academy, Harvesters, Meals on Wheels America and Jewish Family Services.
Kansas City native and actor Eric Stonestreet and his wife, Lindsay, have also donated 200,000 meals to Harvesters.
I am donating 200,000 meals to @HarvestersORG in Kansas City. Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can. I’m only posting this to maybe motivate you to do what you can, when you can, if you can, to help vulnerable families in our community during this time.— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) March 19, 2020
Countless individuals and businesses are also donating money, food and supplies to Harvesters, Jewish Family Services and other local nonprofits serving those in need.
Harvesters – The Community Food Network, harvesters.org
Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City’s Food Pantry, jfskc.org/food-pantry/