Colin Kaepernick made huge waves in the NFL and media last year when he protested against the oppression of black people by taking a knee during the National Anthem. Kaepernick’s jersey sales quickly shot up to the number one in the NFL, while he vowed to donate those profits to communities who need them.
In December Kaepernick donated $25,000 from the jersey sales to a group called Appetite for Change, which focuses on urban farming in North Minneapolis. Appetite For Change is a community-led organization that creates economic prosperity, strengthens families, and encourages healthy living through healthy food.
According to his website, his donation will specifically pay for:
- $5,000 – Switch to 100% organic ingredients in our community cooking workshops (approximately six workshops per month), improving the nutritional value of meals shared by North Minneapolis residents
- $5,000 -Furnish the addition of one new urban farm plot in the 2017 growing season, increasing the amount of produce grown by approximately 1,000 pounds. This additional produce would be sold at the West Broadway Farmers Market and used in the kitchen at Breaking Bread Café, a social enterprise of Appetite For Change.
- $5,000 -Develop improved nutrition curriculum for the 50 North Minneapolis teens and young adults participating in our Youth Opportunity & Training Program, developing youth into peer advocates for making healthy food choices
- $5,000 – Increase our organizational capacity, from staff training to identifying and hiring new positions
- $5,000 – Raise national awareness of our organization and the issues of food and racial equity we work to address
We’re happy to see that Kaepernick is continuing to set the example for other stars to make positive changes in the world.
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