Vikings pack over 35,000 meals in their ‘Team Up To Give Back’ event

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

The Minnesota Vikings players came together to make an impact on their community on Wednesday as they volunteered at a local Twin Cities Boys & Girls Club.

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings continued their commitment to outstanding community service work by hosting their second annual “Team Up To Give Back” volunteer event at the Southside Village Boys and Girls club in Minneapolis.

All hands were on deck as Vikings players, coaches, and staff huddled together to serve lunch and pack over 35,000 meals for children in the area.

A big fan and participant of the event was Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer. Speaking with KFAN’s Paul Allen on Wednesday, Zimmer reiterated the importance of bringing in good players who can contribute both on and off the field.

"“It’s part of our job to help people in the Twin Cities as much as we can and our players are great about it. They love doing it.”"

This event will be one of many youth-led food drives we will see happening around the league this year.

The NFL and have teamed up to launch the NFL Huddle for 100 campaign that will commemorate the league’s 100th season by providing nutritious meals for kids nationwide in order to promote active, energized, and healthy lifestyles.

The Vikings organization is no stranger to charitable, youth-focused initiatives.

Zimmer actively works with the foundation he started to honor his late wife, providing scholarships, school supplies, and hosting free football camps throughout the year. Kyle Rudolph and his wife Jordan recently launched ‘Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone‘ at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, which serves as a fun and interactive healing environment for children and their families as they undergo treatment.

During the season Vikings players also participate in “Community Tuesdays” where they spend their day off visiting local schools, hospitals, and assisting with a variety of other community causes.

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As a Vikings fan, it’s hard not to be proud of the culture and reputation this team has built both on and off the field.