The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is feeling the crush of the coronavirus epidemic, and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and wife Emily are lending a helping hand.
The Mayfields announced a $50,000 donation Thursday as part of the food bank’s matching donation program. It will now match up to $150,000 in donations.
Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. later announced he donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and $50,000 to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this COVID-19 crisis,” Emily Mayfield said in a video posted on social media. “This is an unprecedented time for our country and for so many families and individuals alike. But what makes our country so great is how we come together and rally during a time of crisis. Cleveland has always been the underdog, but we’re also known for our hustle and our true grit. So it’s time for us to all rally together and show everyone how we can come together for our fellow Clevelanders.”
Let’s rally together #CLE. Giving back to the LAND and hope others will too. We’re matching all of your donations up to $50K. Link to donate: https://t.co/IO9Lh1d3Mt #WeFeedCLE pic.twitter.com/lm9fVP7RiV
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) March 19, 2020
Baker Mayfield was drafted No. 1 in 2018, and the food bank is one of the charities he’s championed since arriving in Cleveland.
“There’s so many great people in Cleveland, so many great organizations,” Baker Mayfield said in the video. “One that we’re familiar with is the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and they continue to work around the clock and change in this climate of crisis right now and help everybody out that they can.
“That being said, Emily and I are going to donate $50,000 into the match pool donation. So you know what? It’s a point for us that we want to give back. We want to help out in any way we can.”
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s web site said calls to its help center have tripled since Monday.
“Now more than ever, hungry and hard-working neighbors need our help — and we need yours.” the site said in a plea for donations.
The number for the food bank’s help center is (216) 738-2067. Donations can be made at greaterclevelandfoodbank.org.