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Thank you, Alex Bregman! Astros slugger starts $1M campaign to feed Houston's hungry

Bregman and Houston icon Jim McIngvale are both kicking it off with $100,000 donations and rapper Paul Wall is including artwork on his album cover.

HOUSTON — Editor's note: Video above is latest headlines from Friday, April 10

We’ve seen athletes stepping up to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  And that includes the Astros’ Alex Bregman, who has launched an initiative to feed Houston’s hungry.

It’s called FEEDHOU, a $1 million fundraising campaign that will directly benefit the Houston Food Bank.

“While the Astros are off the field, I want to create a new team to help Houston’s hungry. Houston is my home, and right now my home is in need,” said Bregman.

Bregman and Houston icon Jim McIngvale are each kicking it off with $100,000 donations.

You can donate by texting “FEEDHOU” to the number 41444  or by visiting the FEEDHOU Alex’s Army donation page online

Houston rapper Paul Wall is also getting into the FEEDHOU game by creating a special album – ‘Frozen Face – Vol. 3. – FEEDHOU edition.’

RELATED: Houston's heroes: J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai Watt donate $350,000 to Houston Food Bank

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RELATED: NFL star Adrian Peterson and wife, Ashley, help feed Houston students during school shutdown

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