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Tampa Bay Lightning players pledge to donate 500k meals amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 3:27 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 23:35:44-04

Tampa Bay Lightning players announced Wednesday they are pledging to donate 500,000 meals to Feeding Tampa Bay to assist those in need amid the coronavirus crisis.

Led by Steven Stamkos, the players will help donate meals to kids who are missing meals, homebound seniors, economically devastated families and others who are struggling.


"There's a lot of families that have been economically hit hard during these times," Stamkos said via video message. "They count on these meals as well. Anything we can do to help Feeding Tampa Bay, we're definitely going to do that."

The NFL donated $35 million to multiple groups that are assisting with coronavirus relief. They also released a new video on their website promoting health, safety and wellness.

The video features a handful of current players and Hall of Famers like Brett Favre and Jerry Rice.

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady isn't in Tampa yet, but he released a new Instagram video addressing safe habits during a time when most Americans have been told to stay at home and keep social distance.

"We're in a tough moment, but I know we can overcome it," Brady said. "Just taking some of these small steps can really make a huge difference in your life. They have in mine."

The Lightning also invite you to contribute here if you can.

Lightning players will also contribute funding to help part-time employees of the Vinik Sports Group staff.