Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple Team Up To Create Coronavirus Meal Fund

The fundraiser has already raised $13 million and will benefit Feeding America and World Central Kitchen.

Leonardo DiCaprio at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards/ Getty Images
Leonardo DiCaprio at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards/ Getty Images

Leonardo DiCaprio has helped launch an initiative dedicated to providing food to people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor teamed up with Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, and the Ford Foundation to launch America’s Food Fund, a crowdsourced fundraiser that is working with World Central Kitchen and Feeding America to provide meals to those in need. So far, the fund has raised more than $13 million with a goal of $15 million. The high-profile donors included DiCaprio and Powell Jobs’ combined donation of $5 million, Apple’s donation of $5 million, and $1 million from Oprah Winfrey. 

The goal of the fund is to “help ensure that all people have reliable access to food.” According to Feeding America, before the COVID-19 pandemic, 37 million people in the U.S. struggled with access to meals. Since the epidemic hit the country, that number is “quickly rising.”

Unemployment rates have been skyrocketing since the epidemic forced thousands of businesses to close, leaving many employees laid off or furloughed. With schools closing, the more than 20 million students from low-income families who receive a free lunch at school each day are without the guaranteed meal.

The fund’s page says 100% of the donations will go toward both organizations who will mobilize and distribute meals to people impacted by the coronavirus. World Central Kitchen has already distributed meals to places in New York, Newark, Miami, Los Angeles, Oakland, New Orleans, Little Rock, and Washington, D.C., with a plan to expand to other parts of the country.

“Now more than ever – for our frontline heroes, our most vulnerable neighbors, and our out-of-work restaurant workers – WCK is prepared to make sure that food is part of the solution,” said José Andrés, head chef and founder of WCK.