This time is affecting tens of thousands of people across nations in profound ways, including loss of work and money and lack of medical care and food supplies. The outbreak has a significant impact in affected areas on the most vulnerable populations, including the elderly and children.

If you want to help out, here is a list of local, national, and international organizations that are working to ensure food, aid, and medical supplies are delivered to those who need it.

 

  • Feeding America: This organization helps feed communities and individuals facing hunger across America through a nationwide network of food banks.
    Donate here.
  • No Kid Hungry: With mass school closures across the country, millions of children are losing the daily meals they depend on. No Kid Hungry uses donations to send emergency grants to food banks and local community groups. It diverts resources to feed kids in the hardest-hit communities. The organization also has plans in place to ensure families know how to find food while schools are closed and making sure kids get three meals a day.
    Donate here.  
  •  Meals on Wheels: The organization delivers meals to the country’s elderly population. Many of its local programs are struggling with the additional costs of delivering meals during the outbreak. You can find ways to help a local program here or donate to the national organization here.
  • NYC organizations: You can donate to several New York City-based food relief organizations who are working to ensure that meals are delivered to the elderly population of the city or those too sick to cook or shop for food. Citymeals is taking donations to ensure that “every one of our homebound elderly neighbors in need has nourishing meals during this time.” This GoFundMe is raising money on behalf of the Food Bank of NYC that will help adults and children who are most affected by the outbreak in the city. God’s
    Love We Deliver, a nonsectarian organization that prepares and delivers nutritious and medically tailored meals to people living with illnesses is looking for both volunteers as well as donations to sponsor their emergency meal bags of “shelf-stable food” to their clients.
  • The Seattle Foundation: This coalition of philanthropic, business and government partners have started a Response Fund that will deploy resources to community-based organizations at the forefront in the Puget Sound region in Washington. It will provide grants to fund organizations that are helping residents without health insurance or access to sick days, health care and gig economy workers, and communities of color. It will help address the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations affected by closures and cancellations.
    Donate here.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy: This US-based organization is supporting local nonprofits in areas with a high number of affected individuals and vulnerable populations to help them support hourly wage earners, gig economy workers, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical, mental, and economic impacts of the pandemic.
    Donate here.
  • GoFundMe has started a general relief fund to directly support those affected in this time and organizations working to keep people safe, find a cure, or support their communities. GoFundMe will distribute donations made to this campaign to verified GoFundMe campaigns and to aid such organizations.
    Donate here.
  • Save the Children: This international organization is helping to protect vulnerable children and families in affected areas by training health teams across the world on protection and prevention and is supplying personal protective equipment and other supplies to help health staff on the frontlines of fighting the outbreaks.
    Donate here.
  • UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund is sending supplies and support to save and protect vulnerable children affected at this time.
    Donate here.
  • Global Giving: Donations to this US-based organization will help local organizations in affected areas meet immediate needs for healthcare, food, and water and transition to longer-term education and recovery efforts.
    Donate here.

 

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