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Joe Burrow partners with food pantry for hunger relief fund

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Joe Burrow is once again stepping up to help those less fortunate.

On Thursday, the Athens County Food Pantry and Foundation for Appalachian Ohio announced the creation of the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund, which had raised $700,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

“I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support from people across the country around the food insecurity issues faced by those in my region,” Burrow said in a press release. “The initial funds that were raised have had an immediate impact for people throughout Athens County, and I am honored to lend my support and voice to this new initiative that will ensure that impact lasts long into the future.”

Burrow, who was selected No. 1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, played high school football at Athens High School and won Ohio Mr. Football in 2014.

When Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy in December, he talked about hunger in Athens County during his speech. Since then, he’s helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various food relief organizations in Ohio.

Burrow is exactly the kind of leader on and off the field that the Bengals need, and it’s great to watch him continue to help those who desperate need it in his community.