LANDOVER — The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and numerous representatives from the Redskins organization joined more than 150 volunteers to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets to 2,500 Prince George’s County residents in need during the 16th annual Redskins Harvest Feast at FedExField on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The yearly event is a collaborative effort bringing corporate, non-profit and government partners together to ensure less fortunate families have a nourishing Thanksgiving meal and can celebrate the holiday together.
The 2018 Harvest Feast was supported by Ryan Homes, Bank of America, Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Capital Area Food Bank, PepsiCo, Prince George’s County Social Services, FedEx and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation partnered to provide families with everything needed to create a wholesome Thanksgiving meal: a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, carrots, apples, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy and beverages.
The Charitable Foundation had helped distribute the turkeys, including Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his wife Tanya Snyder, Redskins defensive end Jonathan Allen, running back Kapri Bibbs, guard Arie Kouandjio, nose tackle Da’Ron Payne and Redskins alumni former center Will Montgomery and former defensive back Mike Nelms.
Since the first Harvest Feast in 2003, the Redskins have gifted more than 1.3 million pounds of packaged and fresh food to area families. This year, the Redskins Charitable Foundation distributed 7,500 bags of dry goods, perishables and beverages to families with about 90,000 pounds of packaged food and fresh produce and 30,000 pounds of turkey.
More than 300 additional volunteers – including a number of student athletes from Capitol Heights-based Central High School – helped package the food and assisted families by carrying their items to vehicles.