In a recent press release Beyonce announced that her charitable foundation BeyGOOD would be teaming up with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey to donate $6 million to local organizations in communities of color across the nation.
“Communities of color are suffering by epic proportions due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the BeyGOOD statement reads. “Communities that were already lacking funds for education, health, and housing are now faced with alarming infection rates and fatalities.”
The Hill confirms that in many states black Americans are reporting disproportionate rates of coronavirus deaths and cases due to a lack of access to quality care.
Money from the donation will go to community organizations as well as to the National Alliance in Mental Illness to provide services in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Detroit, Variety reports. Local branches of No Kid Hungry, Bread of Life, World Central Kitchen and more charities will also be receiving parts of the funds, Fox News reports.
In addition to food and mental health support, BeyGOOD will be donating other necessities such as cleaning supplies, medicines, toiletries and face masks to those communities, Yahoo! News reports.
The singer touched on the subject previously during her performance at the One World Together at Home benefit last Saturday, Billboard reports, calling attention to the disparity in COVID-19 deaths between black and white Americans.