Russell Wilson and Ciara know there are families across the nation who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
It’s why the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and pop star recently announced in a one-minute video via Twitter that they were partnering with Seattle’s Food Lifeline to donate 1 million meals to those affected in the Seattle area.
Now, the Wilsons are taking their contributions one step further.
In a post on Twitter Tuesday morning, Wilson announced he and Ciara, as well as private aviation company Wheels Up, are teaming up to raise 10 million meals to those in need. The donation will go to hunger relief organization Feeding America.
“We started doing our research, Ciara and I, and we found out that Feeding America is such a great program,” Wilson said on CNBC Tuesday morning. “40 years of doing good in the world and trying to make a difference.”
The massive contribution from the Wilsons will certainly go a long way for families in need. Per Feeding America, 92 percent of food banks reported a spike in demand for food assistance between March 19 and March 23. Many food banks have also seen a decline in donations and volunteers due to coronavirus concerns.
While many other professional sports are postponed or suspended due to the pandemic, Wilson is currently in the NFL offseason. As of now, the 2020 NFL Draft is expected to proceed as planned.
Wilson hopes COVID-19 won’t delay the season’s start, but for now, he’s focused on giving back to those in need.
“I love playing the game, and as soon as I can get back out there and play in a safe way, that will be great. But the reality is, we’re in a global pandemic,” Wilson said. “The best thing that we can do is just love and give and serve, and if we can do that ... I think we’ll be back out there.”