The community endeavors of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame wide receiver Antonio Freeman are nothing new.
He’s been hard at work the past several months promoting his foundation, B’More Free Programs, which aims to “educate and empower under-privileged children and families and provide resources for them to be successful in life.”
On Tuesday, he kicked off a campaign to promote a statewide program in his native Maryland that provides free summer meals to children and teens.
Freeman has teamed up with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, the Governor’s Office for Children, Family League of Baltimore City, Maryland Hunger Solutions, Share Our Strength and others to raise awareness of the program that hopes to end childhood hunger in Maryland.
“Having played in the NFL as a professional athlete, I know firsthand how important it is to eat nutritious foods to be able to perform at your very best level,” said Freeman. “Providing free summer meals to kids helps to ensure they can perform at their best all year long; beyond the end of the school year.
“As a proud Marylander, I want all of our state’s kids to have the opportunity to get a healthy meal. If one is not available at home, then getting one through the free summer meals program is the answer. I believe that no child should go hungry and that’s why I’m getting involved in this campaign. Parents need to know that their kids can get free meals all summer long by calling (877) 731-9300 or going to NoKidHungryMd.org.”
The summer meals program provide free, nutritious meals to kids at more than 1,000 sites across Maryland.