Amazon chief Jeff Bezos donates USD 100 million to feed jobless Americans
New Delhi : Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has donated around USD 100 million to US food banks to help them feed a growing number of jobless Americans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
He revealed about the donation via his Instagram post. Jeff mentioned that he wants to support those on the front lines at nation's food banks and those who are relying on them for food with a $100 million gift to @FeedingAmerica.
"Feeding America will quickly distribute the funds to their national network of food banks and food pantries, getting food to those countless families who need it," Bezos added late Friday.
In normal scenario, the non-profit food banks collect left over food from different restaurants and distribute it among the needies.
"To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up," said Bezos.
Some people, however, were not very happy with the contribution as it only composes about .08 per cent of Bezos' nearly $120 billion worth of wealth and assets.
Despite the criticism, Feeding America said it is "deeply grateful" for Bezos' "generous" gift.
"This donation, the largest single gift in our history, will enable us to provide more food to millions of our neighbors facing hardship during this crisis. Countless lives will be changed because of his generosity," Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, told WTHR.