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Leonardo DiCaprio helps launch $12M coronavirus aid meals fund

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Leonardo DiCaprio will assist launch America’s Meals Fund, which has already raised $12 million to assist communities impacted by the novel coronavirus.

The group mentioned Thursday that the funds will likely be aimed to assist low-income households, the aged, people going through job disruptions and kids who depend on college lunch packages.

The meals fund will work with starvation aid organizations World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

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Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Leonardo DiCaprio arrives on the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on the Beverly Hilton Lodge on Sunday, Jan. 5.
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DiCaprio serves as a co-founder of America’s Meals Fund with philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs. Apple and the Ford Basis are additionally offering cash to assist launch the brand new initiative.

“In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need,” DiCaprio said in a statement. “I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support.”

On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey announced a $1 million donation to the fund and $10 million in complete to feed the hungry throughout the disaster.

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In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo Patrick Minor loads food onto a delivery truck at the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. With the new coronavirus leaving many people at least temporarily out of work, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand, even as older volunteers have been told to stay home and calls for social distancing have complicated efforts to package and distribute food. 

On this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photograph Patrick Minor hundreds meals onto a supply truck on the Des Moines Space Non secular Council meals pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. With the brand new coronavirus leaving many individuals at the very least briefly out of labor, meals banks and pantries throughout the U.S. are scrambling to satisfy an anticipated surge in demand, at the same time as older volunteers have been informed to remain residence and requires social distancing have sophisticated efforts to package deal and distribute meals. 
(AP Photograph/Charlie Neibergall)

The brand new coronavirus has triggered a world pandemic that has sickened lots of of 1000’s of individuals and killed greater than 47,000 worldwide, crippling economies and forcing restrictions on the motion of tens of millions of individuals in an effort to cease the virus from spreading additional and overwhelming well being care programs.

“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,” mentioned José Andrés, founding father of World Central Kitchen.

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For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes solely delicate or reasonable signs, similar to fever and cough. For some, particularly older adults and folks with current well being issues, it might trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia.

Organizers say donations to America’s Food Fund are being accepted and will likely be used on efforts to get meals to those that want them.

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“With tens of millions dropping their jobs and packages like college lunches in jeopardy, ensuring folks aren’t going hungry is of the utmost urgency,” mentioned Powell Jobs.

The Related Press contributed to this report.