As more and more schools are facing closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, there’s increasing concern not only regarding education, but also for students who rely on their schools for food. Fortunately, there are some organizations and celebrities who are stepping up to help.
Actors Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner recently teamed up with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to launch the #SaveWithStories initiative: a program where celebs read children’s books on social media in order to raise awareness of these two important organizations. Parents and families who visit the @SaveWithStories Instagram page will have the option of visiting the campaign’s website, where they can donate to help support health, education, and nutrition for children and students.
During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer explained how she and Amy came up with the project. “Amy called me Friday night and she said, ‘I want to do something to help feed kids who are stranded with school closures,’” she explained, per The Hollywood Reporter. “Cause you know, between 25 and 30 million in the United States rely on school for food and free and reduced breakfast, lunches, backpack programs.” Jennifer went on to note that “it’s great to have a purpose right now,” explaining that many within the Hollywood community have offered to help.
Since launching earlier this week, @SaveWithStories has gained over 97k Instagram followers, and plenty of celebs have joined in to participate. A quick scroll through their feed will show Demi Lovato reading The Gruffalo, Brie Larson’s rendition of Giraffes Can’t Dance, and Don’t Call Me Bear! performed by Jenna Ortega. Other stars, including Beanie Feldstein, Noah Centineo, Camila Cabello, and Lupita Nyong’o, have also volunteered to read for the initiative.
As each post notes, you can choose to make a one-time gift of $10 by texting SAVE to 20222; to donate more, you can visit the campaign’s website. All donations go towards supporting food banks, mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs, along with providing educational tools to children in need.
As Jennifer and Amy said in their first #SaveWithStories post: “There is so much goodness and love in the world. And we can get through this, together.”
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