Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has dipped into his bottomless pit of wealth to donate $100m to Feeding America, in a charitable attempt to help keep vulnerable Americans fed and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently causing chaos around the world.
Bezos’ goal is to “get food to those countless families who need it”, with his staggering donation aimed at replenishing Feeding America’s network of food banks and pantries across the country.
With most restaurants around the US now closed due to social distancing and quarantining measures that have been enforced by the government due to the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, many food banks have been left in short supply of produce, with a lot of them ordinarily relying on food to be supplied with excess food from local establishments.
Bezos, who is worth a reported $150bn and is the world’s wealthiest person, follows Oprah as the latest famous name to make a substantial contribution to the nation’s charitable efforts to make the current pandemic more tolerable for those in need. Oprah donated $10m on Thursday.
The Amazon chief has come under intense criticism and scrutiny for failing to give his staff paid sick leave during the pandemic, with the conditions of his warehouses also in the spotlight amid revelations from employees who have become furious at having to work ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with colleagues with a deadly virus spreading like wildfire.
The US currently has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, with over 245,000 people in the States testing positive for the virus. Just over six thousand of those patients have sadly died, with over 10,000 recovering so far.