Oprah Winfrey is the latest public figure to open her wallet amid the coronavirus pandemic, donating $10 million to “help Americans.”
The OWN founder and former talk show titan said Thursday that $1 million of her donation would go to America’s Food Fund. The initiative, co-founded by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs, was launched Thursday with support from Apple and the Ford Foundation with the aim of providing hunger relief to communities affected by the coronavirus.
“I know everybody can’t donate a million dollars but I feel like this is the central place to go if you really want to do something,” Winfrey, 66, told chef José Andrés and Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot.
“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,” Winfrey said.
The media mogul said while “everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home” during the pandemic, “I know there are many of us looking for ways to help.”
Winfrey, who was raised in Mississippi and Tennessee, said her other donations would go to helping Americans “in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up.”
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— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 2, 2020
Winfrey is the latest celebrity to make a high-dollar donation amid the health crisis. Dolly Parton announced a day earlier that she would be giving $1 million towards Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s coronavirus research. Last month, actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively said they were donating $1 million to two food banks to help older adults and low-income families impacted by the outbreak.
There were more than 215,000 cases and at least 5,100 deaths in the United States due to COVID-19 as of Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.