Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively donate $1 million to food banks during coronavirus outbreak
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $1 million to two food banks to help older adults and low-income families during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The couple announced their donation in dual Instagram posts on Monday night, saying the money will be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
Reynolds, a Canadian native, wrote for his followers to “take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
Lively elaborated in her own post, saying that “love can travel through all this.”
“Communities are stepping up — shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children,” she wrote. “We can all do something for one another, even if that’s simply staying home.”
She also quipped for someone to tell her husband that “‘emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him.”
The coronavirus outbreak has sickened thousands of people in the U.S., while dozens of deaths have been reported, mostly in the state of Washington.
A flood of “panic shoppers” descended on grocery stores in recent days, leading to empty shelves and shortages in necessities like hand sanitizer, cleaning products and toilet paper.
Some grocery stores have announced “elderly hours” to allow older customers, who are more susceptible to experience serious illness or death from the coronavirus, to get their shopping done earlier in the day so they aren’t missing out on vital items during a period of “unprecedented demand.”
Several grocery stores in the U.S. have encouraged online pickup and delivery services to prevent vulnerable populations from coming in contact with the virus in public.
President Trump held a phone call Sunday with leaders in the grocery, retail and food industries as Americans affected by the global coronavirus pandemic have stressed supply chains.