NFL’s Jon Feliciano Donates $25,000 to Help Feed South Florida
Funds to support children, families, and the elderly impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown
Six-year NFL veteran Jon Feliciano has donated $25,000 to two nonprofits: Feeding South Florida and Meals on Wheels South Florida. The funds will help the organizations to provide food and additional resources to aid individuals in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.
“Individuals, especially those in low-income households, are being blindsided by the impact that this pandemic is having on all our communities,” said Feliciano. “I grew up in South Florida and still call it home. Without knowing how long we’ll be quarantined; I couldn’t just stand back and not help families get fed.”
Feeding South Florida is the largest food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. They currently distribute more than 62 million pounds (51.5 million meals) of food annually to over 700,000 individuals – 240,190 of whom are children and 110,000 are older adults.
“Feeding South Florida is incredibly grateful for Mr. Feliciano’s generosity; it’s a true example of understanding what’s needed at this critical time for so many”, said Sari Vatske, Feeding South Florida’s Executive Vice President. “This donation will allow us to rapidly respond to the growing need.”
For 35 years, Meals on Wheels South Florida has delivered nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable South Florida seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. They currently provide services for more than 10,000 seniors, with an additional 1,400 homebound seniors on their waiting list in need of home-delivered meals.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the number of seniors who have nothing to eat to record levels,” said Mark Adler, Meals on Wheels Executive Director. “In these scary times, it is truly heartwarming when a hero comes along. Mr. Feliciano is a hero against senior hunger. With his generous support, there will be 375 fewer seniors in South Florida going to bed hungry.”
These donations are a first of their size for Feliciano. A Davie, Florida native, Feliciano attended Western High School before receiving a full scholarship to play football for the University of Miami. Drafted in 2015 by the then Oakland Raiders, he spent four seasons with the team. Feliciano now heads into his second season as an offensive lineman with the Buffalo Bills.
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