Jameis Winston hands out free meals to children in need in Bessemer

Winston provided free meals to kids in Bessemer (Courtesy: WBRC)

BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) NFL star quarterback and Birmingham-native, Jameis Winston and his wife, Breion Winston donated $25,000 to Kikstart Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free meals to food-insecure children.

On Friday, the Winston Family hosted two events where they personally distributed meals to pre-determined children in need. The event was held at Brighton Elementary and McAdory High School.

The Jefferson County School System and Birmingham City School District had to make the difficult decision to suspend their Meal Service Programs due to COVID-19. The children who are enrolled in these meal service programs heavily rely on these meals, so Winston and Kikstart, Inc. decided to take action. They developed a contactless distribution system – a food truck which allows them to safely distribute meals. This program will benefit the children in the meal service programs and will continue until school reconvenes.

Over the past month, Winston and his Dream Forever Foundation have established multiple initiatives to support those impacted during the pandemic. Jameis partnered with world renowned physician, Dr. Scott Kelley to develop a toll-free hotline for people impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 support line (844-TEST-COVID) provides people in need with information regarding coronavirus and guidance on how they can protect themselves and others. The hotline is available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.