Oprah donates $2 million to Nashville COVID-19 relief fund


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Megastar Oprah Winfrey is donating $2 million to Nashville families as part of her $12 million COVID-19 relief fund.

Oprah, a graduate of Tennessee State University, is providing intimidate food relief to 10,000 families in the Nashville area with a $200 Kroger gift card. The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation collaborated with Mount Zion Baptist Church and Tennessee State University to distribute the funds.

“We express our sincerest thanks to Ms. Winfrey for her generosity and caring for her home city of Nashville in this manner, and for including TSU to be a part of this monumental humanitarian effort,” said Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, President of Tennessee State University. “We are honored to be able to help support Nashville and to ensure that families have the food and basic necessities they need during this difficult time.

It's called "NashvilleNurtures" and more information can be found here.

"We are so grateful to Oprah Winfrey and her Foundation for helping us begin to significantly mitigate food insecurity in Nashville during a time of pandemic and natural disasters,” said Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III of Mount Zion Baptist Church. “The neediest Nashvillians are hurting right now, and, with Ms. Winfrey’s support, we are able to let them know their community cares about them.”

Other cities receiving funds are Oprah's "home cities" of Chicago, Milwaukee, Baltimore and Kosciusko, Mississippi.