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Daily Sports Smile: Zach Ertz provides 5,000 meals to local food banks for every Arizona Cardinals touchdown scored

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) waves towards the stands before playing against the Houston Texans in Glendale, Ariz. Oct. 24, 2021.
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Zach Ertz is making a difference in the local Arizona community. The talented tight end is providing 5,000 meals for each Arizona Cardinals touchdown this season. The meals will go to local food banks to help feed residents in need.

The Cardinals acquired Ertz from the Philadelphia Eagles in October. Since arriving in Arizona, Ertz and his foundation have provided 40,000 meals through his “Score More n’ Feed More” campaign. 

The Ertz Family Foundation looks to empower others by sharing faith, learning through sports and advancing education to build supportive communities. The partnership with The Athletes’ Corner and Feeding America helps combat food insecurity. 

“Julie and I are so excited to be in Arizona, especially to help food insecurity by making all of our touchdowns count for more than 6 points from now until the end of the season,” Ertz said in announcing his campaign. “We have felt so welcome since we arrived, and we hope that our time here gives us a chance to give back off the field as much as we can.”

Recently, Ertz also donated $100,000 to Philabundance to help fight food insecurity in the local Philadelphia area.

This week, the NFL Player’s Association named Ertz the Week 9 Community MVP. He joins recent winners in Adam Thielen, Jared Goff and Von Miller among others. The NFLPA will make a $10,000 donation to a charity of Ertz’s choice.

Ertz will look to build on his 2021 success. The three-time Pro Bowler has 25 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns this season.