Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is donating $1 million to an Indiana food bank to help people in need during the coronavirus crisis. Earlier in the week, Irsay raised a challenge to people of Indiana to raise $200,000 to the Gleaners Food Bank, and once that happened he was going to donate the $1 million.
It took less than 24 hours for the $200,000 to be raised, and Irsay is now holding up his end of the deal. The money will be used to get food to help fight hunger for those out of work and school as the nation tries to fight COVID-19:
“I am so proud of our community and so proud to call Indianapolis home because Hoosiers come together, whether in times of celebration or in times of great need. Today is no different,” Irsay said in a statement. “Everyone is being affected in some way by these challenging times, but many of our friends and neighbors are being hit particularly hard. But in our usual Indianapolis way, people are coming together and reaching out to help.”
“That’s why I challenged those who could afford to give to help make a difference in these upcoming days and weeks,” Irsay continued. “I send my deepest thanks to everyone who helped push us past $200,000 in donations to Gleaners to help feed those in immediate need, and I am pleased to add more than $1 million to that total.”
Gleaners supplies items to schools and hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties southeastern and central Indiana. The Colts owner also urged anyone that is still able to help during this time of need to do so, because food banks are losing volunteers and donations as people’s focus turns to the virus.
Many NFL players and owners continue to step up to try and help people during this time of need.