Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs, with support from Apple and the Ford Foundation, have launched a fund to help low-income families, the elderly, children who rely on school lunch programs, and others struggling with food insecurity as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Launched as a GoFundMe campaign with more than $12 million in initial donations, America's Food Fund will partner with World Central Kitchen and Feeding America to help ensure reliable access to food for all. The hunger relief organizations have been on the frontlines of COVID-19 relief efforts and are facing a number of challenges, including a significant increase in the number of people in need, supply chain disruptions, new methods of food delivery that incorporate social distancing recommendations, and a shrinking supply of volunteers.
"Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, thirty-seven million people in this country did not have consistent access to nutritious meals — including eleven million children and five and a half million seniors," said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. "These numbers are quickly rising, and it is critical that we rally together as a nation to support our neighbors during this time of great need."
"In times of need, a plate of food is both vital nourishment and a message of hope from the community, that we care and we're here to make sure that tomorrow, things will be better," said World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés. "Now more than ever — for our frontline heroes, our most vulnerable neighbors, and our out-of-work restaurant workers — WCK is prepared to make sure that food is part of the solution."