THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams quarterback Jared Goff and offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth announced today that they will be teaming up with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to aid Angelenos in need by funding 2 million meals.
"There are so many people in need right now and we want to do everything we can to help our Los Angeles community," Goff said. "My hope is that we can inspire others to support organizations like the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and United Way's Pandemic Relief Fund as we come together to face this crisis."
Both Goff and Whitworth are each financing 1 million meals through $250,000 donations to the L.A. Regional Food Bank.
"Tough times, like what we're experiencing now, really show you the true value and importance of community," Whitworth said. "We're here to wrap our arms around our hurting neighbors, let them know that they aren't forgotten, and that we are here for them."
Their assistance comes at a crucial time. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank said on its website that as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, it is still able to meet demand for food assistance, but noted two days earlier that the demand has also increased.
"The Food Bank is monitoring the situation closely and taking necessary precautions to help make sure that food and product remain safe, and that our distributions and volunteer activities can continue," the organization said on its website.
The players' donations serve as the lead gifts to help kick off the Rams' virtual Te'LA'thon fundraiser with the Rams' new television partner, KABC, to help raise for United Way of Greater Los Angeles' (UWGLA's) Pandemic Relief Fund and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and their efforts to meet the city's evolving demand for food assistance. The virtual telethon will take place on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM pacific time.
More details about Tuesday's Te"LA"thon for Los Angeles will be announced in the coming days.