Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson and his wife, Ashley, are giving back to the community in a major way during this time of crisis.

The couple donated $50,000 through their foundation to help pay for meals for students and families in the Houston Independent School District during the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The donation was made to the HISD Foundation, which is the non-profit organization that raises funds to support students, families and staff in the district.

“Adrian Peterson is an outstanding MVP in HISD for making such a generous donation on behalf of the children in this district,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “It’s his birthday, but we are getting a wonderful gift. We thank him and his wife wholeheartedly for these funds.”

The food program, however, was suspended this week due to concerns about exposure to the coronavirus. But prior to the cancelation HISD, in collaboration with the Houston Food Bank, had assisted thousands of households at distribution sites since March 14.

Peterson, an All-Pro running back and future Hall of Famer, is a native of Palestine, Texas, but him and his wife reside in Houston during the offseason. 

The donation was made through the Adrian and Ashley Peterson Family Foundation. The couple encourages others to donate to local causes during the COVID-19 crisis and to commit acts of “paying it forward” to help neighbors in need.