Popular American talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey has donated a whopping $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts.
Winfrey, one of America’s richest and most influential women, made the announcement on her Instagram.
“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 said.
Winfrey, 66, was born into poverty in Mississippi and raised in Milwaukee and Tennessee, has joined dozens of billionaires who have donated money and supplies in attempts to combat COVID-19 worldwide.
“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 said.
A million dollars out of her donation 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 to help feed the local communities in the US.
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@chefjoseandres and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot have teamed up with @leonardodicaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and @Apple to launch America’s Food Fund to help feed local communities. 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. 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. 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, tap the link in my bio to watch this free AppleTV+ conversation.