Arizona Cardinals QB donates 60,000 meals
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has not only been impressive on the field, but has also impressed people off the field, as he donated 60,000 meals to the North Texas Food Bank on Thursday.
Murray, who was born and lived in Bedford, Texas until he left for Oklahoma in 2015, was one of many athletes who felt the need to donate after a snowstorm swept through the state and left millions of people without power, food and water.
“It means the world being able to give back,” he told the Arizona Republic. “It’s really bigger than anything that I could do. Obviously, sports is my thing, football is my thing, but I think I have a bigger purpose.”
Murray is not only from Texas, but was visiting his hometown when the snowstorm hit. He said he also felt what other people were going through and had to contribute in some way.
“My power was going on and off,” he told the Arizona Republic. “Barely had water, or didn’t have hot water, at least. But I know – not thinking about myself – there’s way more people that didn’t have food, [or] don’t have the money to get groceries…For me, it was being blessed and having the ability to give back. It was a no-brainer for me. … I was just trying to give back and make sure people were safe.”
This would not be the first time Murray gave back to his community. In 2020, he donated $25,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund through the GENYOUth organization. The organization helps schools with the purchase of resources needed to provide continued school meal programs.
It has also provided over $3,000 per school to supply them with resources such as cooler bags, containers and protective gear for food service sanitation and safety.
The North Texas Food Bank helps provide meals to people facing hunger in north Texas. Since its inception, the organization has provided almost 97 million meals to families. Thanks to Murray, at least 60,000 more will not go hungry.