FINALLY: Jeff Bezos Gives $100 Million to Fund American Food Banks

(ConservativePeak.Com)- For weeks, journalists and commentators have wondered whether the richest man in the world, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, would put his hand in his pocket and help people affected by the coronavirus. Now, it looks like he’s finally doing the right thing, as TMZ reports that Bezos has given $100 million of his own money to a non-profit group that runs food banks.

Feeding America will use the money to give food to vulnerable people and families in need across the United States.

Bezos has long discussed the issue of food insecurity in the United States, so it is fitting that during the coronavirus outbreak he uses his money to help reduce food poverty. TMZ reports that Bezos believes “COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly.”

 

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Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly. Non-profit food banks and food pantries rely in large part on surplus food from a range of food businesses. For example, many restaurants donate excess food. But during this time of social distancing, restaurants are closed, and many other normal channels of excess food have also shut down. To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up.⁣ ⁣ Today, I want to support those on the front lines at our nation’s food banks and those who are relying on them for food with a $100 million gift to @FeedingAmerica. Feeding America will quickly distribute the funds to their national network of food banks and food pantries, getting food to those countless families who need it.⁣ ⁣ Feeding America is the largest non-profit focused on food security. Millions of Americans are turning to food banks during this time. If you want to help, the link to Feeding America is in my bio. They’d be excited and grateful for donations of any size.

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Food banks across the country are currently struggling as much of the food that would come their way usually came from restaurants who were looking to get rid of excess food without wasting it. Under government recommendations, restaurants across the country are closing or restricting their services to delivery only. That means food banks are receiving less and the people most in need having little to no access to food.

In an Instagram post announcing his donation, Bezos explained his intention to “support those on the front lines at our nation’s food banks and those who are relying on them.”

“Feeding America will quickly distribute the funds to their national network of food banks and food pantries, getting food to those countless families who need it,” he added.

While Bezos has been somewhat slow to help the coronavirus fight through a direct donation, his company Amazon recently announced it would facilitate the delivery of test kits across the United Kingdom and ultimately the rest of the world.

The British government announced that antibody test kits would soon be made available to purchase online, starting by only allowing medical staff to purchase the kits, but aiming to give all British citizens that chance to buy the kit from Amazon.