Hometown Hero

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usama-youngWhether he’s playing in New Orleans, Cleveland or Oakland, Super Bowl 44 Champion Usama Young always makes time to volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank. For the third year in a row Young, along with 27 Prince George’s County Public School students, helped pack and sort food at the food bank’s Northeast Washington food distribution center on Thursday, June 20.

Young, born and raised in Washington, D.C., returns home annually for his Stay Focused Weekend event, which includes a football and cheer camp, golf challenge and a community service project. The event is part of the Usama Young Foundation which offers a variety of interactive programs to children from single-parent homes and underserved communities. Young’s foundation not only serves the Washington metro area but also North Carolina, where he resides.

Giving back has always been a huge part of Young’s life – even as a child, his parents would take him to serve hot meals to the homeless. And that same compassion is illustrated through his continued support of the food bank.

“The need is there and the Capital Area Food Bank serves so many. As I child, I learned to give back. So coming here with kids shows them a way to give back,” said Young. He added with his million watt smile, “Plus the food bank always welcomes us with open arms.”

The Capital Area Food Bank could not feed the nearly 700,000 residents struggling to find their next meal without the ardent support of community partners like Usama Young. So many thanks to our hometown hero!

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