Michael Jordan donates $2 million to help feed hungry

Posted at 10:02 AM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 11:14:46-05

CHICAGO, Illinois — Iconic NBA star Michael Jordan donated $2 million in proceeds from his "The Last Dance" documentary to help feed the growing ranks of the hungry before Thanksgiving during the pandemic.

"In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it's more important than ever to pause and give thanks," Jordan said Wednesday in a statement shared by nonprofit Feeding America. "I am proud to be donating additional proceeds from The Last Dance to Feeding America and its member food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago to help feed America's hungry."

Feeding America works directly with 200 food banks and 60,000 foot partners across the nation.

"An incredible gift to be thankful for – NBA legend Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to help our neighbors facing hunger!" Feeding America tweeted on Wednesday.

The gift came from proceeds from "The Last Dance" documentary, which chronicled the sixth NBA title for Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season. It quickly became must-see television early in the pandemic, with weekly showings on ESPN.

Jordan, 57, now is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.