Coronavirus: Oprah Winfrey donating $10 million to relief efforts

Coronavirus: Oprah Winfrey donating $10 million to relief efforts
Oprah Winfrey speaks during Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) at Chase Center on Feb. 22, 2020, in San Francisco. (Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is donating $10 million amid the coronavirus pandemic, she said last week.

In an Instagram post Thursday, Winfrey praised America’s Food Fund, a donation drive started by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple and the Ford Foundation. According to the initiative’s GoFundMe page, it is currently benefiting two food charities: Feeding America and World Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés.

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“I was struck by the work these organizations are doing, and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help,” Winfrey wrote. “I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity.”

She added that she is “donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up.”

As of Sunday morning, America’s Food Fund’s crowdfunding campaign had raised more than $13 million toward its $15 million goal.

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