Julie Ertz, Husband Donate $100K To Provide Meals During COVID-19 Outbreak
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Julie Ertz might just be the most dominant player in soccer right now — and the most magnanimous.
The two-time Women’s World Cup winner teamed up with her husband to donate $100,000 to Philabundance, a Philadelphia-area food bank, to provide meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ertz and her husband, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, announced the donation on Friday evening through their Ertz Family Foundation.
Today, @ZERTZ_86 and @julieertz along with the Ertz Family Foundation are proud to announce a donation of $100K to @Philabundance, a Philadelphia-area food bank, to provide meals to those in need during the #COVID19 outbreak. For more information, visit https://t.co/wLbqeQfrzn pic.twitter.com/XPyMZGuDGU— Ertz Family Foundation (@ErtzFoundation) March 20, 2020
According to the Ertz Family Foundation, the donation will provide more than 100,00 meals to families in need. With social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 wreaking havoc on a U.S. economy that provides few safety nets to Americans, this donation couldn’t have come at a better time.
“One of our main goals during this process was to become better educated about the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on our community,” Julie Ertz said. “The increasing lack of access to food during the crisis is something we want to help to address. By partnering with Philabundance, we believe we can attack these issues head on and partner with one of the great non-profit organizations in our city to make a difference.”
Following the donation from Zach and Julie Ertz, one of Zach’s teammates and his wife, Jason and Kylie Kelce, also donated $100,000 to Philabundance.
— Ertz Family Foundation (@ErtzFoundation) March 21, 2020
It’s great to see those who can giving back to the community. Hopefully lawmakers take note and realize citizens should have a greater economic safety net in the future instead of trying to monetize pandemics for their own gain.
Ertz, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is currently in a holding pattern ahead of the NWSL season, which is being delayed by coronavirus concerns. Fortunately, her Chicago Red Stars teammates seem to be handling the self-isolation well.