New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis and Head Coach Sean Payton have each donated $8,000 apiece to Feeding America to help support Feeding Louisiana and South Louisiana food banks. Joining together with their 31 National Football League counterparts at the general manager and head coach positions, Loomis and Payton will support their communities by raising a total of $512,000 for the NFL Foundation. Each donation will be made through NFL Draft-A-Thon, a three-day virtual fundraiser during the 2020 NFL Draft benefitting six charities – selected by the NFL Foundation – that are battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need.
The "Draft-A-Thon" will be featured across the live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network April 23-25 and pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways – including raising funds for the work being done to combat the impact of COVID-19. Funds will help support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts including Feeding America.
Donations can be made at NFL.com/RELIEF. There is also a text-to-donate option. In addition to raising funds, the Draft-A-Thon will pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19. To date, the NFL family has raised more than $50 million in COVID-19 relief.
About Feeding America:
The Feeding America Network is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States including in disasters and national emergencies. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Feeding America provides meals to more than 40 million people each year. The organization launched the COVID-19 Response Fund, a national food and fundraising effort to support people facing hunger and the food banks who help them through emergency food boxes, grants and distribution of food and non-food household items including cleaning supplies, diapers and personal care products. Feeding America also is working with government leaders to ensure the emergency response includes strong support and flexibility for federal nutrition programs including the School Lunch Program and is partnering with school districts to ensure that 22 million children who rely on school meals have access to food outside of the classroom. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.