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Jeff Bezos says he's donating $100 million to help food banks that are facing shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos says he's donating $100 million to help food banks that are facing shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak (AMZN)
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he's making a $100 million donation to Feeding America, a nonprofit that helps food banks feed families in need.




"Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," Bezos wrote on his Instagram account.




Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Leonardo DiCaprio also announced that they are teaming up to help feed people in need and will be donating to Feeding America as well.




Bezos and Amazon have been working behind the scenes to help during the coronavirus outbreak, but have also faced scrutiny for handling of worker safety in Amazon's fulfillment centers.




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Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to Feeding America, a nonprofit that helps food banks feed families in need.
The Amazon founder and CEO posted about the donation on his Instagram account Thursday afternoon, citing the spread of the coronavirus the reason he chose to make the donation.
"Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," Bezos wrote. "Non-profit food banks and food pantries rely in large part on surplus food from a range of food businesses. For example, many restaurants donate excess food. But during this time of social distancing, restaurants are closed, and many other normal channels of excess food have also shut down. To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up.a??"
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