As the novel coronavirus continues to spread and affect hundreds of thousands of people around the world, Angelina Jolie is taking a stand to raise awareness on issues like child hunger as well as the effect of the virus itself. On March 25, Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry to help those in need amid the current crisis, according to ABC News. The donation will help feed children who currently don’t have access to school meals, due to closures in response to the outbreak.
“As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus. Many children depend on the care and nutrition they receive during school hours, including nearly 22 million children in America who rely on food support. No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible,” Jolie said in a statement given through No Kid Hungry.
A HUGE thank you to our friend and #HungerHero Angelina Jolie, who generously donated $1 million to #NoKidHungry today. Her gift will help ensure kids across the country can access free meals during the #COVID19 school closures and every day. Learn more: https://t.co/sBvCIS1zCe pic.twitter.com/iodIubWn82
— No Kid Hungry (@nokidhungry) March 25, 2020
Jolie’s generous gift will be used as grant funding, which No Kid Hungry distributes to food banks and school districts and other organizations participating in efforts focused on feeding children throughout the pandemic. The organization has already been able to give $2 million to date, which went to 78 individual organizations in 30 states across the country. Some of the states that received new emergency funds this week include Louisiana, Missouri, Iowa, Maine, Oklahoma, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Other celebrities are taking initiative to help those in their communities as well. Kelly Rippa and Mark Consuelos donated $1 million to buy ventilators and to support organizations that run shelters in New York City. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have also made a $1 million contribution to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation also announced a $10 million donation to novel coronavirus relief. Jeniffer Garner and Amy Adams have partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to ensure families know where and how to receive help with finding meals.
Parents and caregivers in Colorado, Tennessee, Hawaii, North Carolina and Virginia who need assistance with feeding their children can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877. A response will be sent with resources to help those individuals find emergency food distribution locations near them. Drive-thru, pick-up and contactless options for collecting food are available to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. Additionally, organizations and schools seeking to feed children during the novel coronavirus crisis can still submit an application to No Kid Hungry for emergency grant funding.