Virus response: Matt and Kelly Stafford help 4 restaurants, Detroit Schools, Fogotten Harvest

March 26, 2020, 1:20 PM

The Lions' starting quarterback and his spouse can afford to show civic spirit generously, as they do this week with pledges to donate up to $120,000.

Matt and Kelly Stafford are "supporting Metro Detroit's community fight against COVID-19," the team posts.

Two recipients -- Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit food distributor in Oak Park, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District get the largest shares. The district's gift is for take-home meals given to students' families each Monday and Thursday at 17 schools.

"It's our way to say, 'We appreciate you,'" Matt Stafford says. (Photo: Instagram)

"We're trying to help out what is home to us, and what's been home to us for 12 years," the NFL star is quoted as saying.

Thurday's announcement mentions "a financial commitment of $100,000 on two fronts," but doesn't specify how much is pledged to each.

The couple also will cover $5,000 worth of food at each of four restaurants near hospitals "to assist people such as first responders and hospital employees to get takeout meals after work," the team statement says. They can grab grub here:

  • Slow's to Go on Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, near Henry Ford Hospital

  • Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, not far from the University of Michigan Hospital

  • Wahlburger's in Royal Oak, next to Beaumont Hospital in a new shopping plaza it owns

  • Roadside B & G on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills, intended for workers from Pontiac's St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital about four miles away 

"We're going to take some heat off them and put some meals on us," Stafford says in the news release. "It's our way to say, 'We appreciate you,' and fuel them up for the fight.

"Obviously, Kelly and I feel really blessed to be in the situation we're in. Some of that comes with respect to the people who are in your community and have been having a hard go of it. This virus is affecting all people, and people in all areas."

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