Ex-NBA player helps distribute Thanksgiving food

morris-peterson-foodFormer NBA player Morris Peterson is definitely not of those, who do not help communities in need. Peterson understands the struggles of some inner-city families in the Flint community.

Peterson and his Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation have again partnered with the United Way of Genesee County to distribute free food for the Thanksgiving holiday, MichiganLive reported.

The families will get all of the key ingredients for a quality meal as well as Coca-Cola and Kroger-donated water.

Peterson and his foundation will distribute more than 100 meal boxes Monday, Nov. 23, at Flint’s St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 3020 Dupont St.

“Thanksgiving to me is about spending quality time with my family and enjoying good food,” said Peterson, who has participated in the free food giveaways for the last three years.

“I want to give back to the community that has been so good to me,” Peterson said. “It’s not just about the food. It’s about bringing our community together and helping our neighbors enjoy their holiday.”

Peterson played 11 seasons in the NBA, for Toronto Raptors, New Orlean Hornets and OKC Thunder. He spent his first 7 seasons with the Raptors, averaging career-high 16.8 ppg in 2005-06. Peterson appeared in total 711 NBA games (started in 488), averaging 10.7 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 27.2 mpg.


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