Drew Brees using part of previous $5M donation to open food bank
Drew Brees and wife Brittany made a $5 million donation in April for coronavirus pandemic relief, and some of those funds have been set aside to open up a food bank in Lafayette, La.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback laid out the initiative in a statement, as relayed by TMZ Sports.
“With many of our donations through the COVID crisis we have been able to establish facilities and programs that will last far beyond the existing need,” Brees said.
“We are excited to announce a new Second Harvest Food Bank kitchen in partnership with Catholic Charities of Acadiana in Lafayette, LA that will allow us to produce 15,800 meals per week for children, families, and seniors in need, as well as the homeless throughout southwest Louisiana!”
The $5 million donation by Drew and Brittany Brees was made to the entire State of Louisiana. The intent of the funds was to help deliver food to the state’s neediest residents left in dire circumstances in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
It was announced at the time that the funds would be directed to the “Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.”
“Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together,” their statement read.
Brees of course recently had to navigate a public relations nightmare due to his polarizing comments regarding players protesting during the national anthem. The Saints quarterback has since attempted to make amends amid the ongoing protests and associated social unrest over systemic racism and police brutality.
Having said that, the Brees family has long been incredibly active in the greater New Orleans community with their philanthropic efforts, so Thursday’s announcement presumably has little to do with any continued damage control efforts on his behalf over the recent backlash.