Chiefs in the Community Part II: Fundraising & Food Drives

A look back at the Chiefs in the community during the 2014 season


Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive

The Chiefs Kingdom claimed the record for the largest food drive in NFL history, providing nearly 180,000 meals for those in need in the Kansas City community.

To kick things off, Farmland Foods donated 40,000 pounds of protein products and the Chiefs employees donated 855 pounds of canned goods. Plus, Chiefs fans pitched in during the Chiefs vs. Broncos game and were also able to donate online and through text-to-give. The Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle at the Sunday Night Football game on November 30th also benefited Harvesters.

Kick off for the Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive benefiting Harvesters with a Farmland Donation

Third and Long Foundation

Another way that the Chiefs helped feed the community was during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Chiefs Rookie Club, Red Coaters, volunteers from the Third and Long Foundation and team president Mark Donovan packed bags of canned corn, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, a bag of potatoes, a loaf of bread, eggs and a turkey and donated them to various hunger relief agencies in the Kansas City metro area.

"This is a tradition of the Chiefs; every Thanksgiving we raise money, buy the food items and then help provide meals for families in need," Donovan explained. "This is something that is really important to us and it goes back to the responsibility that we have, as part of this community to continue to give back."

First Downs for Down Syndrome

The First Downs for Down Syndrome (FDFDS) has been the charity of choice for the Chiefs offensive linemen and since its inception in 1992, together they have raised more than $7.6 million for the Down Syndrome community. This charity is supported solely through tax-deductible contributions and fundraisers throughout the year.

For the past 10 years, FDFDS has been partnered with Yum! Brands, Inc., which includes Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The Chiefs and KFC came together to create the KFC FDFDS Drive, providing KFC customers the opportunity to donate $1 to FDFDS with every purchase at local KFC restaurants.

The Chiefs Community Caring Team, including the o-line, cheerleaders and KC Wolf visit a local KFC each month to promote and raise awareness for the Down syndrome community through the KFC FDFDS Drive.

Chiefs offensive line visit local KFC to meet with fans and raise awareness for First Downs for Down Syndrome

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