Chicago Bears Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long has made it his mission to keep kids fed in the Greater Chicagoland area.

He has partnered with UnitedHealthcare to support students from low-income families at St. Malachi School and BVM Maternity School in Chicago.

kyle-long_blessings-in-a-backpackKyle’s Dreambuilders program has contributed $25,000 over the last two years to Blessings in a Backpack, which provides bags of nutritious food to 125 students at the two schools every Friday afternoon, ensuring that these children have healthy food during the weekends.

Kyle’s program also provided $11,000 to help renovate Starr Park, which serves as St. Malachy School’s playground. All of this was made possible through grants from UnitedHealthcare.

“Keeping kids healthy in Chicago is of vital importance, and I couldn’task for a better partner in this effort than UnitedHealthcare,” said Long. “The renovation at Starr Park will give the students at St. Malachy a fun, new place to play and stay active, and the food we give the kids each Friday through Blessings in a Backpack will make sure they get the nutrition they need when they are not in school.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Kyle Long and Dreambuilders to increase awareness about childhood health, and promote healthy lifestyles and good eating habits in underserved Chicago neighborhoods,” said Colleen Van Ham, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Illinois.

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Kyle Long is starting his fourth season with the Chicago Bears and is a three-time Pro Bowler. The offensive lineman was drafted by the Bears in the first round of the 2013 draft after a stellar career at the University of Oregon. Long logs 47 total career starts. He is the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long.

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