Coronavirus NFL Update: Russell Wilson and Wife Ciara Donate One Million Meals to Seattle Foodbank

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, have pledged to donate one million meals to help the families affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

In a short video posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, the Wilsons explained the meals will be donated to the local Seattle community via Food Lifeline in the hope "it will make a difference" and urged the public to support local food banks in "whichever way you can, big or small".

According to its website, Food Lifeline distributes food to over 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs throughout the Western Washington area.

Wilson acknowledged coronavirus was "changing the world second by second, minute by minute", but he and his wife insisted a strong sense of community was crucial to overcome the pandemic.

"Everything that we do together makes a difference," Wilson's wife said.

"Together we will conquer these tough times we are going through."

In the video, the Wilsons also urged the audience to observe the social distancing measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The world needs us ALL. Unprecedented times. @Ciara & I are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine Rally & support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica
Let’s all keep the Faith during this difficult time

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 18, 2020

Washington State was one of the first states hit by coronavirus in the U.S. and the outbreak has taken a heavy toll on the area.

As of Wednesday morning, Washington State has reported 1,013 cases, with 55 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

The combined number of cases across the U.S. is just short of 6,500 with 114 deaths and 17 people recovered, according to Johns Hopkins.

Almost 8,000 people have died since the outbreak of coronavirus began in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There are over 198,000 cases globally, with 79,000 recovered.

Wilson isn't the only NFL star to have joined the relief effort to communities affected by coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes announced he will donate 15,000 meals to Harvesters Community Food Network, while his foundation pledged $100,000 to a host of organizations in Kansas City, Missouri, that have been impacted by the outbreak. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, meanwhile, has donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank.

Away from football, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife, Ayesha, on Monday committed to donate one million meals to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for children in the Oakland Unified School District.

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love each have donated $100,000 to workers at their respective home arenas, to mitigate the financial impact of arena employees being left out of work after the NBA suspended the season last week.

A number of NBA teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards have pledged to help arena workers until the season resumes and the league was working in partnership with them.

"NBA teams, arena owners and players are working together in partnership to support arena employees impacted by our season hiatus," Mike Bass, a spokesperson for the NBA, said.

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Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9 in Beverly Hills, California. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty