Oprah Winfrey donates $10 million for coronavirus relief

Oprah Winfrey has said she is donating $10 million (£8.08 million) to coronavirus relief efforts, including a new venture to help get food to vulnerable Americans during the coronavirus epidemic.

Winfrey, one of America’s richest and most influential women, made the announcement on her social media platforms. Winfrey, 66, was born into poverty in Mississippi and raised in Milwaukee and Tennessee.

Part of the money will go towards the new initiative called America’s Food Fund, launched in conjunction with Apple Inc, the Ford Foundation, Laurene Powell Jobs and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

It will help feed those most impacted by the coronavirus epidemic in America, including children who rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and individuals facing job disruptions. She did not say where she would direct the bulk of her $10 million donation. Winfrey made her announcement the same day as US data showed that a record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week.

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