Eight days after agreeing to a two-year, $50-million contract with the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Drew Brees is putting a chunk of that money to good use.
Brees announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Brittany, are committing $5 million to the state of Louisiana, which now has more than 1,700 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 65 deaths since the state's first COVID-19 diagnosis March 9.
Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020. The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time. After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.
A post shared by Drew Brees (@drewbrees) on Mar 26, 2020 at 8:31am PDT
"The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time," Brees wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday.
Through the Brees Dream Foundation, the family has already donated more than $33 million to benefit cancer patients worldwide. Arriving in New Orleans just months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in 2006, Brees was a leading figure in relief efforts. The fact that he led the beloved Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2010 also helped endear Brees to residents.
In his post, Brees pledged to work with several corporate sponsors to deliver more than 10,000 meals to those in need around the state "for as long as it takes."
He added: "Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together."