Of the many industries hit hard by the global coronavirus pandemic, food banks are especially struggling to keep up with the new demand for the most vulnerable communities who now have a contagious disease to contend with in addition to their usual challenges. Every little bit helps in these times and now, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are doing a lot.
Over social media, the almost appallingly wealthy, famous, attractive, charismatic and charitable couple announced a million-dollar donation to Feeding America (in the U.S.) and Food Bank Canada (Reynolds is a Canuck).
“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families,” Lively said on Instagram. “Ryan & I are donating $1 million to be split between @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanada. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”
Lively also encouraged people to stay inside and remain connected through online spaces.
“Though we must be distancing ourselves to protect those who don’t have the opportunity to self-quarantine, we can stay connected,” she continued. “Remember the lonely and isolated. FaceTime, Skype, make a video. Remember the love that can travel through all this. Communities are stepping up—shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children. We can all do something for one another, even if that’s simply staying home. ❤️”
As per his usual schtick, Reynolds took the cheeky road, encouraging people to “call someone who’s isolated and might need connection. (Hugh Jackman’s # is 1-555- -HUGH).” Reynolds has been engaged in a mostly one-sided beef with Jackman since their X-Men franchise days.
On Monday, President Donald Trump explained in a press briefing that the current CDC guidelines for social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus could last into the summer.