Vikings Player Donates Over 80,000 Meals To Those Affected By COVID-19

Three other Minnesota football players have also taken steps in recent days to help their communities during this difficult time.

Minnesota Vikings tight end, Kyle Rudolph, made a personal donation to provide over 80,000 meals to those affected by COVID-19 in his state.

Kyle and his wife Jordan’s donation to Second Harvest Heartland will help supplement meals for children in need who normally eat school, but now may go hungry given coronavirus-induced school cancellations. Economic downturn has also resulted in widespread layoffs that may cause pantries to run empty. The Rudolph family’s generous donation should cover 82,000 meals– ten thousand times Kyle’s jersey number.

“Growing up, I never had to worry about not having meals if we didn’t have school, and that’s not the case for a lot of kids around our community,” the Vikings player told his team’s news site.

In addition to donating funds to provide meals, Kyle and his wife aim to raise $200,000 to provide 600,000 meals for Minnesota families. “Our initial donation will help give 82,000 meals for families in the Twin Cities, but we are looking for your help in providing many more,” the couple told fans, via their fundraising page.

A donation of $100 to the Rudolphs’ fund will feed a family of four for a month, reports the Vikings website.

Three other Minnesota football players have also donated to support their communities amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Adam Thielen and his wife, Caitlin gave $25,000 to Second Harvest Heartland earlier this month according to the charity’s Twitter.

Former player Chad Greenway gave $10,000 to the same charity.

Anthony Barr also began offering $500 emergency relief grants to Minnesotans in need via his Raise The Barr foundation over the weekend.


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Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.