On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey stated she was contributing $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts, consisting of a new venture to help get food to vulnerable Americans during the coronavirus epidemic.
Winfrey, among America’s wealthiest and most prominent women, made the statement on her social media platforms.
“I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up,” she stated. Winfrey, 66, was born into hardship in Mississippi and raised in Milwaukee and Tennessee.
Part of the money will go towards the new initiative called America’s Food Fund, launched in conjunction with Apple Inc, the Ford Foundation, Laurene Powell Jobs, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
It will assist feed those most impacted by the coronavirus epidemic in America, including children who rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and people facing job interruptions.
“I still remember growing up with my mother in Milwaukee when we were all out of welfare, and sometimes we needed assistance for our family just to survive. At times like this, so many more people are vulnerable,” Winfrey stated.
She did not state where she would direct the bulk of her $10 million in the donation.
Winfrey made her statement the same day as U.S. data revealed that a record of 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment recently.
Winfrey last month launched a weekly series on Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV+, called “Oprah Talks COVID-19,” in which she speaks over video platforms with spiritual leaders and others about how to get through the crisis.
Winfrey, who ended her popular tv talk show in 2011 after 25 years, signed a development deal with Apple in 2018 to produce original content for the streaming service.