On Monday, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds announced they would be donating $1 million in support of the hunger relief organizations working to help those most in need as the spread of coronavirus continues.
Deadpool star Reynolds tweeted, “I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a–hole. If you can help, visit, FeedingAmerica.org and/or FoodBanksCanada.ca.”
“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families…Blake & I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”
Lively addressed her fans on Instagram, “Though we must be distancing ourselves to protect those who don’t have the opportunity to self-quarantine, we can stay connected. Remember the lonely and isolated. Facetime, Skype, make a video. Remember the love that can travel through all this.”
Feeding America and Food Banks Canada operate food banks in the U.S. and in Reynolds’s native Canada.
Dan Nisbet, vice president of Major Gifts at Feeding America, responded, “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.”
Reynolds’s post stoked his ongoing feud with frenemy Hugh Jackman as he urged the internet to “call someone who’s isolated and might need connection,” providing Jackman’s joke phone number to all 15.6 million of his followers.
Lively also made a play to keep spirits high, teasing her husband at the end of her post, “Now can someone please tell Ryan that ’emotional distancing’ from his mother in law is not a thing. Nothing can save him.”
Other stars, including Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Cumming, Nick Lachey, Natalie Portman, sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Josh Gad have all used social media to drum up support for Feeding America in response to the coronavirus pandemic.