Covid-19 has impacted every corner of the world. The homeless have been one of the communities that have been most affected by the pandemic. With this in mind, Cardinals shut down cornerback Patrick Peterson wanted to do something about it and give back. Hand in hand the Patrick Person Foundation for Success and United Methodist Outreach Missionaries (UMOM) joined together to feed the homeless and fight hunger every Tuesday with “P2 Tuesdays”. Each week on Tuesday they will feed the homeless at UMOMS family shelter downtown for the full calendar year.
Tuesday, September 8th the inaugural “P2 Tuesday” kicked off. Peterson’s hope? That he will leave behind a legacy like his favorite basketball player of all time, Kobe Bryant.
“ Ever since he (Kobe) got drafted … on Tuesdays he always found a way to reach out to multiple homeless shelters and given to those families in need of a nutritious meal … just knowing that someone is out there willing to help them with a meal that they can remember for their lifetime.”
Even with Kobe’s passing, he is still inspiring and motivating generations to come. P2 now starts his own Tuesday initiative to give back and feed the homeless. The first meal shared with the families is one of Patrick’s favorite meals that reminds him of growing up. The meal includes fried chicken, mac and cheese, yams, and peas.
“ My Grandma used to cook that for us every other Sunday. She’s a church-going lady so on first Sundays it was kind of like the first supper. Not only my favorite but a family’s favorite. I thought it would a great welcome dinner for UMOM and all the families there to enjoy my personal favorite.”
Peterson was excited to talk about this movement and what it meant to him and mentioned he hopes he can keep growing it to help more and more people.