Not only did the Patriots and Seahawks battle one another in Super Bowl XLIX, but they also took the number one and two spots in the Kick Hunger Challenge – Taste of the NFL’s online fundraising competition that raises money for each of the food banks in NFL cities.
While the Patriots took home Super Bowl rings, it was the Seahawks who won the Kick Hunger Challenge—raising an astounding $127,000 for the Food Lifeline food bank in their community (an additional $10,000 prize was awarded the Seahawks and Food Lifeline for placing first in the competition). The Patriots raised just shy of $60,000.
The Seattle Seahawks duo of Chef John Howie (Seastar Restaurnt and Raw Bar) and Craig Terrill, former Seahawk (shown to the right) won the Kick Hunger Challenge for the third year in a row. Theirefforts involved raffling off a Russell Wilson autographed jersey and holding a chili cook-off fundraiser. The money they raised will create 686,720 new meals to hungry people in Western Washington.
The New England Patriots team is led by Chef Steve DiFillipo of Davio’s and former Patriot, Matt Light (show to the left). While Chef DiFillipo was disappointed to lose to Chef Howie and the Seahawks again, he noted that if losing means providing $60,000 (that's in excess of 450,000 meals!) to the Greater Boston Food Bank, “That’s a loss that I can handle.”
Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge has so far raised $380,542. The competition ends on Friday, February 13th.
Please check back in August of 2015 when we launch the Kick Hunger Challenge 2015-2016 NFL Season!
Photo Credit - Tom Donoghue