By Mike Schuh

HALETHORPE, Md. (WJZ) — When you look at a Ravens linebacker, there’s never a thought that, at one time, one of those massive men ever went hungry.

Mike Schuh reports one has a special reason for helping this weekend’s food drive at the stadium.

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Second year Raven No. 98 Brandon Williams is now the starting nose tackle. Among the strongest in the NFL, you’d never think this guy has ever missed a meal or gone hungry.

But in high school, his family had to move out of their St. Louis home.

“During that time we were practically homeless for about six months,” Williams said.

“Growing up there were times when Brandon would come home and he’d be eating saltine crackers and would open the refrigerator and there wouldn’t be food in the fridge,” said Alyssa Karel, Williams’ girlfriend.

The sorting line at the Maryland Food Bank will soon, through the efforts of the Lady Ravens–the girlfriends and wives of the players, be filled with food donated by Ravens fans.

“You’re encouraged to bring food and monetary donations before the game. They don’t care which,” said Karel.

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Last year, $15,000 and two and a half tons of food came to the food bank. Some items end up there because people clean out their pantries and closets.

“I’m raiding my closet, but I’m also going to Giant. Giant Food right now has boxes for $10 that have some of the Maryland Food Bank’s most needed items in there,” Karel said.

“It’s got a variety of really healthy food in here. It’s got tomato sauce, canned chicken, pasta,” said Meg Kimmel, Maryland food Bank.

Enough for a family, for a day.

“So this is great because it’s part of Hunger Action Month,” Kimmel continued. “It’s a month we’re trying to get all Marylanders to be a voice and get involved and pay attention to the issue of hunger.”

Not going to the game this Sunday? You can also donate cash or food at Giant stores until the end of the month.

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