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Hampton native Tyrod Taylor donates $25K to local food bank for coronavirus relief

Posted at 3:45 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 15:46:57-04

HAMPTON, Va. - The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank just received $25,000 more to help those in the community who have been impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hampton native and current Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor made the generous donation from the Tyrod Taylor Foundation to purchase a truck load of nutritious food for those who are currently experiencing food insecurity, the food bank announced Monday.

The Virginia Tech alumnus is also challenging other local athletes to offer their support during these trying times.

“We’re seeing unprecedented times, but I’m happy that I’ve been blessed with a platform to help,” Tyrod Taylor said. “I hope my charity’s donation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank greatly impacts those in need right now, specifically the schoolchildren who count on those meals throughout the week. I also hope it encourages others who have platforms similar to mine to join in support, like Michael Vick, B.W. Webb, Antoine Bethea, and others.”

“We are truly honored and genuinely touched to receive this incredible contribution from Tyrod Taylor that will help provide healthy meals to individuals, families, and children across the Peninsula during a period of anxiety and increased need,” said Karen Joyner, chief executive officer for Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “Tyrod’s compassion and concern for his hometown community and his extraordinary commitment to helping those in need will enable our neighbors experiencing difficulties and disruptions in their lives to enjoy nourishing food they might otherwise be unable to obtain. We thank him for his dedication to making people’s lives happier, healthier, and more hopeful.”

In January, News 3 sports reporter Megan Plain caught up with Taylor as he made his way back to his hometown for the grand opening of the new Kroger. The store donated a $1,000 gift card that Taylor used to pick out groceries for the food bank.

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank said it has "consistently witnessed firsthand the love Tyrod Taylor possesses for his hometown neighbors and friends."

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