Oprah announced that she is donating $10M to the COVID-19 relief efforts — $1 million of which will help those facing food insecurity during the pandemic.
What We Know:
- In an IGTV post, Winfrey spoke with chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, to reveal her donation.
- The $1 million will benefit America’s Food Fund. The remaining $9 million will be divided among charities close to Winfrey’s heart including Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas and the Boys and Girls Club in Kosciusko, Mississippi.
- “I know not everybody can donate a million dollars, but I feel like this is the central place to [donate to] if you really want to do something,” Winfrey said during their virtual interview. “I know I can trust my money in your hands.”
- “We are so honored to be in your presence giving this fund this kind of visibility,” advised Andrés. “We are going to come out of this crisis stronger than ever, making sure we don’t leave anybody behind.”
According to a press release, “America’s Food Fund will address the issue of food access in the United States and will provide funding relief to both organizations in furthering their missions to feed the country’s most vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.”