Leonardo DiCaprio will help launch the U.S. Food Fund, which has already raised $12 million to help communities affected by coronavirus. The organization said Thursday that the funds will go toward helping low-income families, the elderly, people facing disruptions at work, and children who depend on school lunch programs.
The food fund will work with hunger relief organizations World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.
DiCaprio is co-founder of the U.S. Food Fund with philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs. Apple and the Ford Foundation are also providing money to help launch the new initiative.» Faced with this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feeding the most vulnerable people who need it,» DiCaprio said in a statement. «I thank you for your tireless work on the front line, you deserve our full support.» The new coronavirus has caused a global pandemic that has sickened hundreds of thousands of people and killed more than 47,000 economies worldwide, paralyzed and enforced restrictions on the movement of millions of people in an effort to halt spread of the virus and overwhelming health care systems.
«In times of need, a plate of food is a vital food and a message of hope from the community, which we care about and we are here to make sure that tomorrow things get better,» said José Andrés, founder of Central World Kitchen. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia.
Organizers say donations to the U.S. Food Fund are accepted and used in efforts to bring meals to those who need them.
«With millions losing their jobs and programs like school lunches at risk, making sure people don’t go hungry is of the utmost urgency,» Powell Jobs said.
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