Embattled UFC champion Jon Jones this week donated $25,000 to The Food Depot of Northern New Mexico – a donation the food bank says can help provide about 100,000 meals for people in need.
The food bank announced the Albuquerque resident’s donation through a social media post on Thursday afternoon.
“Northern New Mexico is incredibly grateful to Jon Jones for his generosity,” said The Food Depot’s Director of Development Jill Dixon in a written statement. “Today, Jon made a donation that will provide 100,000 meals to people in need during these uncertain times. Thank you for showing how much you care for your community, Jon!”
The Food Depot, which serves nine counties in Northern New Mexico and is based in Santa Fe, has distributed food to about 40,000 people since mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic started leading to unforeseen economic hardships for so many. According to The FoodDepot.org, “$1 provides four meals for those in need.”
“We’re in unprecedented times right now, but it’s important that we continue to stand together and help each other however we can,” Jones said in a statement from the food bank. “The Food Depot has done some amazing work for New Mexico. I’m honored to support and hope we can ease the burdens of families in our community.”
Sports leagues and organizations such as the UFC have been included in the businesses shut down or put on heavy restrictions in the past two months preventing them from operating at all or as normal. Starting Saturday, the UFC will hold three events in an eight-day span in Jacksonville, Florida, without fans in attendance. Jones is not fighting in any of the three events.