Former Tiger star returns home to help less fortunate families - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Tiger star returns home to help less fortunate families

Dontari Poe (Source: WMC Action News 5) Dontari Poe (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Former Memphis Tiger and current Atlanta Falcon Dontari Poe is back in Memphis. He's spending his bye week feeding his former community.

Poe teamed his non-profit Poe Man's Dream Foundation with Mid-South Food Bank to give away chicken dinners to low-income families in Memphis.

Poe donated meal boxes with a hot chicken dinner and groceries for two weeks for 200 families living in the 38118 zip code. That's where Poe grew up, and the median household income there is about $15,000 less than in Memphis overall.

"It's a beautiful thing, blessed thing. Everyone can use help," Tonya Parker said. 

Poe said he sees himself in many of the people who he is helping to feed.

"I was one of those people in the cars, not even in the car," Poe said. "It's huge for me to come back and do this for people. It was big."

Poe was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Memphis. He founded Poe Man's Dream as a way to help youth in Memphis follow their dreams and give them opportunities to succeed.

Poe said he plans to makes this holiday event an annual outing. 

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