Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Donated $1 Million to Food Banks Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

"Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low-income families," they wrote.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold
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Well, this is lovely. On Monday, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds (opens in new tab) announced a donation of $1 million to two hunger relief organizations, as the coronavirus pandemic places increased stress on those facing food insecurity. The couple split their donation between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, they shared on Instagram, both of which operate nationwide food bank networks.

Lively and Reynolds also encouraged their followers to donate to the organizations if possible, each writing, "If you can give, these orgs need our help." And on that note: You can donate to Feeding America here (opens in new tab), and Food Banks Canada here (opens in new tab).

Lively urged her followers to "stay connected" while self-isolating among the pandemic, writing, "Remember the lonely and isolated. Facetime, Skype, make a video. Remember the love that can travel through all this." She suggested methods of community support, like "shopping for the elderly" or" making lunches for children." The actor reminded her followers, "We can all do something for one another, even if that's simply staying home."

Reynolds shared a similar sentiment: "Take care of your bodies and hearts," he wrote. "Leave room for joy. Call someone who's isolated and might need connection."

Of course, being the couple they are, Lively and Reynolds made space for a little humor. "Can someone please tell Ryan that 'emotional distancing' from his mother-in-law is not a thing," Lively wrote, adding, "Nothing can save him." Reynolds, meanwhile, kept it simple: He pretended to share Hugh Jackman's phone number. These two!

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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.