Oprah Pledges $10 Million Towards Coronavirus Relief Efforts
$1 million will go to America’s Food Fund
April 6, 2020
Oprah announced Thursday morning that she will be donating millions to help relief efforts around COVID-19, or coronavirus. “I am pledging $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up,” Oprah revealed on Instagram.
“I feel like this is the central place to go if you really want to do something,” Oprah said during an interview with Chef Andres and Babineaux-Fontenot during her latest episode of Oprah Talks on Apple. “Everybody who’s sitting at home and thinking ‘I don’t know what to do and I don’t know where to give my money to,’ I know I can trust my money in your hands, Feeding America and World Central Kitchen, thank you so much.”
Currently, World Food Kitchen is preparing over 100,000 meals a day for those in need, as it works to deliver fresh meals, put restaurants back to work, feed frontline health care workers, and map their efforts. And Feeding America is working with food banks across the country as well as partnering with local school districts to ensure vulnerable adults and children continue to have access to food assistance amidst the pandemic.
“Whenever there’s a crisis or natural disaster, like so many of you, my thoughts are with those who are the most vulnerable among us—those who need just the basics of shelter and food,” Lady O said in the episode of her decision to donate. “I still remember growing up with my mother in Milwaukee when we were all on welfare, and sometimes we needed assistance for our family just to survive. During times like this, so many more people are vulnerable.”
She added: “I’ve been looking to food banks in communities where I grew up, in towns where I experienced opportunities like, obviously Chicago, Nashville, Milwaukee where I grew up and Mississippi, where I grew up. Because I’ve been looking for ways to get food to people.”
I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up. For more on this Fund and how everyone can be of service, watch this free AppleTV+ conversation here: https://t.co/n7L6drnpcV