The Ravens and the Maryland Food Bank kick off their November Food Collection on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, with the goal of collecting 20,000 pounds of food for local families this holiday season.
Brandon Williams is emerging into a star-caliber nose tackle for the Ravens these days, but in an effort to bolster support for the November Food Collection, co-sponsored by Giant Food and Maryland Food Bank, which begins Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, he recalled his childhood.
"Our goal is to get 20,000 pounds of food, which is also going with our 20th year of being in Baltimore and being the Ravens," Williams said this week.
"It's near and dear to me because I know how it feels to be that kid in high school who comes home after a long day at school or practice and open the fridge and there be nothing. So either I'd have to go to a friend's house, or some days just kind of make something up myself and just try to work with what I've got. But it's definitely near and dear to my heart, so I encourage everyone to get out there and definitely give back, because there are people who have something and don't think they have anything, but there's also people who are worse off than you."
Volunteers from the Maryland Food Bank, M&T Bank and the Lady Ravens Association will be at every gate at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to collect canned goods and monetary and nonperishable food donations for the Family Food & Funds Drive.
Additionally, prepackaged boxes of food can be purchased for $10 and donated at over 50 local Giant supermarkets throughout November.
On Nov. 16, Ravens players will host the final collection rally at the Giant in Clarksville Village of River Hill. If you can't make it to any of the locations in person, the team encourages fans to visit yougivegoods.com/feedtheflock to donate online.
“Anything helps for those people hurting way worse than we are, so anything helps,” Williams said. “Like I said, a can, two cans, a few dollars, just anything — reach out in your hearts and wallets to give anything you can.”