Oprah Winfrey said she was donating $10 million to covid-19 relief efforts, which included a new venture that will help get food to vulnerable Americans during the deadly pandemic.
Winfrey, who is one of America’s richest and most influential women, announce this on her social media platforms recently.
She is donating $10 million to help Americans during this Covid-19 pandemic in cities across the US overall and in the areas where she lived when she was young.
Winfrey, who is now 66, was born into poverty in Mississippi but she was raised in Milwaukee and Tennessee.
Some of the money will go towards America’s Food Fund, which is a new initiative, which was launched in conjunction with Apple Inc, the Ford Foundation, Laurene Powell Jobs and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
It will help feed those most impacted by the deadly epidemic in America, children who rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and individuals facing job loss will be included.
“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,” Oprah said.
Winfrey made the announcement on the day when U.S. data showed that a record 6.6 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits the week before.
She 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 television talk show in 2011 after 25 years, had signed a development deal in 2018 with Apple to produce original content for their streaming service.