Joe Burrow's Heisman speech leads to over $235000 donated to food pantry

Joe Burrow's Heisman speech leads to over $235000 donated to food pantry

The Athens County Food Pantry says it serves 5,702 annually, and provides 3,450 meals per week.

Burrow's award acceptance speech led to more than $100,000 being donated to the Athens County Food Pantry in Athens, Ohio.

In his speech, Burrow talked about growing up in Southeast Ohio "where the poverty rate is nearly two times the national average". "There's so many people there that don't have a lot". The school has the most children on free or reduced lunch in Athens City Schools.

The pantry also gives bags and boxes of food to Athens families, including non-perishables such as pasta, beans, and canned vegetables, and it hands out fresh produce when it can. His performance in this year's voting suggests that, if he leads Ohio State to a season as impressive as their 2019 campaign, he will get the nod ahead of the Clemson phenom.

Within hours, more than $50,000 was raised, and the donations kept pouring in over the proceeding days.

Though Burrow was always the heavy favorite to take home the award, stud pass rusher Young was deserving of substantially more first-place votes than he received. The person donated and then said, "Thank you for Joe, from Louisiana".

Powerful words from the kid who grew up in Athens and started his football career at Ohio State.

Quarterback - Justin Fields, sophomore, Ohio State.

Joe Burrow graduated from Athens High School in 2015.

He won the Heisman in a record-breaking landslide and became the first LSU player to win the trophy in 60 years.

Winners will be honored at the Fiesta Bowl between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson in Glendale, Arizona on December 28.

In his speech over the weekend, Burrow talked about growing up in Athens County, Ohio, and the financial struggles that came with living in the region. We don't have much in the way of industry. This is very new to us.

Skinner says numerous students at The Plains Elementary are excited about Burrow's success and her teachers are working to help kids understand the impact he's having.

"For the fundraisers inspired by Joe Burrow, we are simply overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people", the statement read.

"It's a very, very impoverished area", Burrow said on Saturday with tears in his eyes. "Joe, although he thought that up, it was just him ... I think we'll see some long term impacts with this", said Bright. "Let's keep this thing going!" the program tweeted.

It may already be working.

And Louisiana native Shelby Christian launched one of her own, which had exceeded its $5,000 goal as of Monday morning.

Porter said he received a number of offers to cash out before Burrow was named this year's Heisman victor but that he never lost faith in the man who would eventually become the favorite as he led his team to an undefeated regular season and the top seed in the College Football Playoff.

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