Oprah’s $2 Million Donation Feeds 5,000+ Families
Oprah Winfrey is partnering with Tennessee State University and Mount Zion Baptist Church to provide grocery gift cards to families in need. The NashvilleNurtures program will support at least 5,000 families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It reminds me of all those years I was doing favorite things on the show, so I would have done you get a [gift] card, you get a [gift] card,”Oprah Winfrey via WKNR
Support for eligible families will come in the form of $200 Kroger grocery cards, 10,000 of them. The $2 million gift from Oprah is just a start though. NashvilleNurtures aims to further connect “angels” and organizations to rebuild the community torn by COVID-19. The NashvilleNurtures website has an application portal for families in need to apply for support. They have also set-up a hotline to help provide shelter, employment. health, and food resources.
Oprah donates to communities and organizations around the world, but as a former resident, she has a soft spot for Nashville, Tennessee. In this time of need she recognized certain communities are at high risk of food insecurity.
“It has impacted black and brown communities with a fierceness that others have not felt and so because of that I specifically wanted these funds to go specifically to the black and brown communities,” she explained.Oprah Winfrey via WKNR
In partnership with Mount Zion Baptist Church and Oprah’s alma-matter, Tennessee State University, the positive effects of the program are already being realized.
“The folks who have received have just been changed forever and you know as well as I know, Nashville needs hope and Mrs. Winfrey’s generous contribution has provided so much hope in our city at this time.”Bishop Walker with Mount Zion Baptist Church
The foundation for Oprah’s giving spirit is built on her own turbid upbringing and the belief that no one should have to suffer the way she has. By removing food insecurity from the equation, families and communities can begin to rebuild. NashvilleNurtures is exactly the type of program that can turn the tides on a world left wrecked by coronavirus. For info on finding support and to learn how you can help, visit NashvilleNurtures.
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