From Football to Farming: Ex-NFL Player Feeds the Hungry

Jason Brown, an ex-NFL athlete, now spends his days on a 1,000 acre farm in North Carolina. The idea of leaving such a prosperous occupation might seem crazy to some. However, Brown wanted to contribute more than a winning  game. With absolutely no farming experience, he set out his career in agriculture with the help of YouTube videos and the hopeful spirit of feeding the hungry.

Brown had a lucrative career with the NFL, spanning seven years. His decision to leave football in 2012 was not because of injury or termination. He decided to leave his multi-million dollar affair with football to feed the hungry. Drafted into the NFL in 2005, Brown has played for the Baltimore Ravens and the St. Louis Rams. His five-year contract with the Rams was worth a whopping $37.5 million.

Known as the First Fruits Farm, Brown’s agricultural paradise has already yielded thousands of pounds of produce that have been donated to local charities and food banks.

Hunger is still prevalent in the United States. In 2013, 14 percent (17.5 million) of American households were food insecure. Food insecurity exists in every single county in America. Nearly one and five children suffer from hunger in our nation. Efforts like Brown’s provide a shimmer of hope for millions of Americans.

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