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Chiefs will match players’ COVID-19 response efforts

In partnership with Harvesters, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they plan to double any contributions made by their players.

Last week was quite a charitable one for Kansas City Chiefs Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States, Hill started a trend by donating 6,000 meals in partnership with Harvesters, challenging his teammates to do the same.

Mahomes answered by donating 15,000 meals and $100,000. Kelce donated 12,000 meals and 15 weeks worth of food and supplies to Operation Breakthrough, whose mission is to provide a safe environment for children in poverty.

Chiefs great Will Shields chipped in with 96,000 meals through Harvesters and the Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services. Mathieu finished the week with a donation of 30,000 meals.

On Sunday, the Chiefs announced they would match all the players’ contributions — which at this writing, would total 159,000 meals.

The Chiefs also announced that general manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid contributed an undisclosed amount to Harvesters.

Like all of us, the Chiefs are navigating uncharted waters during uncertain times. With this gesture, they are doing what they can to help the Kansas City community.