Oprah Winfrey doles out coronavirus relief grants to home cities
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The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation will donate to organizations helping communities in Chicago; Baltimore; Nashville, Tenn.; Milwaukee; and Kosciusko, Miss., where she was born, Winfrey said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

“The reason I’m talking about it is because there is going to be a need for people of means to step up,” Winfrey told the AP. “I mean, this thing is not going away. Even when the virus is gone, the devastation left by people not being able to work for months who were holding on paycheck to paycheck, who have used up their savings — people are going to be in need.”

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Winfrey encouraged other “people of means” to look in their own neighborhoods and see how they can help. 

“I’m not opposed to big organizations dispersing money, but I always like to do the on-the-ground grassroots stuff myself,” she said. “Look, I want to be able to reach people who have been incarcerated and are coming out of prison. I want to reach mothers of domestic violence. I want to reach people. I want to feed people. I want to help people get access to testing.”

Winfrey is donating $5 million to Live Healthy Chicago, which provides immediate support to seniors and high-risk residents affected by the coronavirus, according to AP. 

She’s donating $2 million to NashvilleNurtures, an organization based in the Tennessee city where Winfrey started her media career. The donation is a collaboration with Mount Zion Baptist Church and Winfrey’s alma mater, Tennessee State University, according to the AP. NashvilleNurtures said the donation will help feed an initial 5,000 families facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Winfrey is donating $100,000 to SaintA and The Nia Imani Family Inc. to help those in need of housing and mental health care in Milwaukee, where Winfrey lived with her mother, according to the AP. 

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In Baltimore, where she continued her media career, Winfrey is donating money to Living Classrooms Foundation and Center for Urban Families. She is also donating $115,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of East Mississippi. 

Winfrey announced her coronavirus relief fund last month, with an initial $1 million donation to America’s Food Fund, which aims to provide hunger relief to communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  

There are more than 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 92,387 deaths in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there are more than 4.9 million cases and 324,872 deaths, based on the same database.