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The Hunger Issue

As you read this, millions of people in America are struggling with hunger. In fact, 1 out of 6 people in our country face this serious issue – many of them are children and seniors. For over 23 years, Taste of the NFL has been working to kick hunger. While we're proud to report that we've raised more than $22 million during that time, we're saddened to report that the need to do more is greater than ever. We hope you'll support our efforts by becoming a contributor or partner in our mission.

Taste of the NFL Mission

To address the needs of the hungry and homeless by raising awareness and funds money through both online programs and large events.

What is Taste of the NFL?

Since 1992, the Taste of the NFL (a 501c3 organization) has rallied the country's top chefs and the NFL's greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. 

This is done through via three avenues: 

• on-line donations during the KICK HUNGER CHALLENGE® (September – December) 

• locally hosted Taste Of The NFL events by an NFL team and their food bank featuring their players and local chefs 

The Super Bowl Taste Of The NFL - The Party with a Purpose®.  Held on the eve of Super Bowl in the host city. This event is a unique way to experience exceptional cuisine, meet NFL players and coaches, and support our fight against hunger. 

Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who help make “Taste of the NFL – Party With A Purpose” the single most successful charitable event at the Super Bowl, the Taste of the NFL organization continues to help feed the 37 million Americans who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. Millions of needs, thousands of families and dozens of new hunger projects have been affected by this major volunteer effort. Our goal: end hunger.


The Faces of Taste of the NFL

TNFL Founder and culinary entrepreneur, Wayne Kostroski, has led this charge for more than 23 years. 

Culinary superstars like Bobby Flay (a founding TNFL chef), Ted Allen – Chopped, Buddy Valastro - Cake Boss Andrew Zimmern – Bizarre Foods, Adam Richman – Man vs Food and Alex Guarnaschelli – Food Network are avid supporters and/or participants. 

The NFL’s greatest players, (current, alumni and Hall Of Fame) support and/or participate in their local team events or the Super Bowl eve event: Randall McDaniel, Matt Stafford, Andre Reed, Steve Hauschka, Anthony Munoz, Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Kellen Winslow, Sr., Chad Greenway to name a few.        

The Super Bowl eve TNFL event is attended by numerous celebrities and America’s business elite who share in our belief and join in our efforts to eradicate hunger. It is covered by local and national media outlets like Today, ESPN, Good Morning America and others.


Recipients

Each year, net proceeds from the Taste of the NFL's programs and events are donated to designated Feeding America affiliated food banks in each of the 32 NFL team cities, as well as other select hunger relief organizations.


Board of Directors

  • Maureen Bausch

    Executive Vice President
    Mall of America

  • Matt Birk

    2011 NFL Man of the Year
    Founder, HIKE Foundation

  • Scott Davis

    President
    FLIK International Corp.

  • Gina Gallo

    Wine Maker
    Gallo of Sonoma

  • Daryl Johnston

    Fox NFL Analyst
    G9 Turf Southwest, Regional President

  • Ira L. Kaplan

    President
    Irinox USA

  • Wayne Kostroski

    Founder and Executive Director, Taste of the NFL
    Co-Owner, Cuisine Concepts

  • Steve LaCroix

    Chief Marketing Officer
    Minnesota Vikings

  • John Lee

    President
    Legends Invitational Golf Tournament

  • Kevin Seggelke

    President/CEO
    Food Bank of the Rockies

  • Dave Shula

    President
    Shula's Steak Houses, LLLP

  • Frank Supovitz

    Senior Vice President of Special Events
    National Football League

  • Jane Wilf

    Trustee
    Wilf Family Foundations

  • Andrew Zimmern

    Award Winning TV Personality, Chef, Food Writer

TNFL Staff

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