In response to the covid-19 crisis, The Washington Post is directing its charitable giving initiative, Helping Hand, toward a special nationwide campaign that will bring awareness and support to national organizations providing relief for at-risk groups in need of food and that help feed medical professionals. Partner organizations include Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, Meals on Wheels America and World Central Kitchen.

“Post Helping Hand has raised more than one million dollars for charities in our community. It is our hope that our readers will now join us to support those across the country who have been hardest hit by this covid-19 crisis,” said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., CEO and publisher of The Post. “Together with these organizations, we can help ensure no one is left hungry due to this pandemic.”

“Millions of our neighbors are struggling right now because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Catherine Davis, chief marketing and communications officer at Feeding America. “The Feeding America network of food banks is embedded in communities across the country, providing food and hope to individuals, families and seniors, and we need the support of everyone to continue to be there for them. That is why we are so grateful for The Washington Post’s support during this crisis.”

“We are grateful for this opportunity to garner much-needed support for Meals on Wheels amid this evolving national crisis,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “The Washington Post is setting an example for others, demonstrating that we can all do our part to ensure the growing numbers of homebound seniors will continue to receive this vital lifeline in good times and bad.”

“Twenty-two million children across the country rely on school for meals, which makes school closures even higher stakes for many families,” said Billy Shore, founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. “Our focus has always been to ensure every child has access to healthy meals every day, and this crisis has only underscored that need. As our organization works to provide emergency grants to schools, food banks and community groups all across the country, we’re grateful for initiatives like Helping Hand, which enable us to spread the word about these resources to the families who need them most.”

"World Central Kitchen is a team of food first responders, mobilizing with the urgency of now to get meals to those who need them most,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “We're working around the clock to activate restaurants and kitchens to feed vulnerable communities and our brave medical professionals on the front lines, in order to make a meaningful impact in the fight to keep everyone fed, and to support the distressed restaurant industry."

Beginning in April, The Post will provide its partner organizations with complimentary advertising online and in print, bringing awareness to each organization’s response efforts to the covid-19 crisis. Readers can learn more about the Post Helping Hand partners at www.posthelpinghand.com and on Twitter @PostHelpingHand.

Post Helping Hand is a charitable giving initiative conducted each winter to facilitate financial donations to nonprofit organizations working to alleviate hunger, homelessness and poverty. Since its inception in 2014, Post Helping Hand has raised over $1.4 million for its beneficiaries.