As chefs like José Andrés man the front line feeding those most in need during the coronavirus pandemic, their plight has been heard by some of the US's biggest names in film, TV and business.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple, along with the Ford Foundation have launched America’s Food Fund to help ensure that all people have reliable access to food. Oprah Winfrey is also on board, announcing she’s donating $1 million to the cause on her twitter account.
José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen and Feeding America as its first two beneficiaries. Speaking of the initiative José Andrés said;
“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 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.”
Feeding America Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 37 million people in this country did not have consistent access to nutritious meals – including 11 million children and 5.5 million seniors. 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.” Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America