6 Charities Providing Coronavirus Relief—And How You Can Help

Direct Relief is shipping masks and other personal protective equipment to healthcare institutions around the nation.
Direct Relief is shipping masks and other personal protective equipment to healthcare institutions around the nation.
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Right now, many charities are working hard to enact coronavirus-specific response plans that will alleviate the effects of the pandemic on both local and national levels. And while you yourself might not be able to send medical equipment to a hospital or serve dinner directly to a family in need, you could donate to organizations that are doing exactly that. From food banks to disaster relief foundations, here are six charities worth checking out if you’re looking for ways to help.

1. Feeding America

With a network of 200 food banks (where the food is stored) and 60,000 food pantries (where it’s distributed to people in need) across all 50 states (as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico), Feeding America is the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. In addition to transitioning to drive-through and outdoor food distribution to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, it’s also currently focusing on providing food to children who, in the wake of school closures, are missing out on meals they’d normally get at school.

You can donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund and let the folks at Feeding America decide where and how your money will have the biggest impact, or you can find a food bank near you through this map, and donate right to that one.

2. Direct Relief

Since its establishment in 1948, Direct Relief has been providing communities around the world with assistance tailored to their specific needs, be it disease prevention, disaster relief, general healthcare, or something else. Its coronavirus response plan is centered on delivering personal protective equipment (like gowns and masks) and other necessary medical products to healthcare institutions around the country, and also helping those institutions expand tele-health programs, COVID-19 testing capabilities, and more. You can make a donation here.

3. Family Promise

Family Promise provides low-income and homeless families with temporary housing, meals, educational programs, and other resources that help them achieve sustainable independence. With the influx of school and business shutdowns, many of those families are especially vulnerable right now, and Family Promise’s services are even more important.

You can donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here, or you can search for a Family Promise affiliate location near you and donate directly there. If you’d rather donate goods than money, Family Promise is a great option, since many of the affiliates’ sites include wish lists of items in high demand.

4. Feed the Front Lines

Feed the Front Lines is a food-focused charity with a specific demographic: healthcare workers and food service employees. Founded this year by New York restaurant owner Luca Di Pietro, the organization is helping New York restaurants stay in business during the shutdown by pivoting to producing meals for medical professionals who are working nonstop to combat the novel coronavirus. So far, they’ve delivered nearly 32,000 free meals to hospitals and medical centers around the city, including Lenox Hill Hospital, NYU Langone Health, and more.

It’s $25 to donate one meal (though you can enter a custom amount), and you have the option to choose which healthcare center it goes to. And while Feed the Front Lines began in New York, other cities have followed suit with similar services; there are currently Feed the Front Lines organizations in Boston, Miami, Sacramento, Toronto, and more.

5. NYC Health + Hospitals

Because New York is dealing with one of the most devastating coronavirus outbreaks in the country right now, here’s another New York-based organization that would greatly appreciate a little extra help. As the largest public healthcare system in the U.S., NYC Health + Hospitals employs more than 42,000 people across more than 70 locations. All hands are on deck during this crisis, and while healthcare workers are busy taking care of patients, they need us to take care of them. Donations go toward meals, laundry services, pre-packaged groceries, and even hotel rooms so they can self-isolate from their families between their shifts. You can make a donation here.

6. CDC Foundation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are funded by the government, but there’s a nonprofit organization called the CDC Foundation that helps them expand their capabilities with donations from the private sector. Right now, the Foundation has an emergency response fund set up to cover coronavirus-related activities like helping communities prevent and detect COVID-19 cases, deploying trained staff members to specific areas in need of extra hands, developing awareness campaigns to combat misinformation, and more. Find out additional information and donate here.

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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You Can Watch a Free Livestream of John Wick This Friday Night

You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.

This Friday, May 8, John Wick is donning his best black suit and coming out of retirement all over again to bring you an action-packed movie theater experience at home.

To put it in plain terms, Lionsgate will livestream John Wick (2014) for free on YouTube tomorrow night, starting at 9 p.m. EST. Even if you’re a certified John Wick superfan who owns the entire trilogy on DVD and rewatched the first film just yesterday, you might still want to tune in to this event—it’s hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and features special messages from several key franchise cast members, including Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, Asia Kate Dillon, and the man behind the sharp-dressed sharpshooter himself: Keanu Reeves.

Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch will also make virtual appearances, as will a few familiar faces who aren’t affiliated with the John Wick universe, like Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, and Melissa Joan Hart, who will offer words of support and gratitude to movie theater workers furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The star-studded affair is the latest in the “Lionsgate Live: A Night at the Movies” series, where a different film is aired on YouTube each Friday night. So far, they’ve livestreamed The Hunger Games (2012), Dirty Dancing (1987), and La La Land (2016), making this week’s selection the first geared toward action film aficionados.

Though the livestreams are completely free, the goal of the initiative is to raise money for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which is currently providing financial relief to out-of-work theater employees. If you’d like to contribute to the fund—maybe the amount you’d normally spend on a movie ticket—you can do so here.