Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate $1m to food banks
The star couple are stepping in to help vulnerable communities
With many people hoarding food and essentials because of the coronavirus outbreak, vulnerable communities are really struggling.
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are stepping in to help those in need. They announced on March 16 that because of the pandemic, they are planning to donate $1 million to non-profit organizations which feed people in need.
On Instagram, the celebrity couple posted messaging explaining that the donation would be split between Feeding America (the US hunger relief organization) and Food Banks Canada.
Canadian-American Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool, Buried and loads more Hollywood blockbusters, wrote: "Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families."
Blake Lively, with whom Reynolds has three children, posted a similar message. She emphasised the importance of staying virtually connected while we're socially distancing. The star of Gossip Girl and The Shallows wrote: "Remember the lonely and the isolated. Remember the love that can travel through all this."
She also joked: “Now can someone please tell Ryan that ’emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him.”
Dan Nisbet, vice president of Major Gifts at Feeding America, issued a statement to Variety: “We are so grateful for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s extremely generous donation, and for all of the donations we’ve been receiving. The Feeding America network of 200 food banks is working tirelessly to aid and provide meal assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors — children, the elderly, families struggling with food insecurity and individuals facing job disruptions — throughout our nation during this unprecedented time. Generosity like theirs will make all the difference.”
Many other celebrities have been drumming up support for Feeding America, including Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Vanessa Hudgens and Alan Cumming. You can donate here.