WASHINGTON — Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively once again donated $1 million to help individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic-fueled hunger crisis.
On Monday, the couple donated $500,000 to both Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, according to the organizations' social media pages. Reynolds and Lively previously donated $500,000 to both groups back in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"When #COVID19 first hit in early 2020, @VanCityReynolds and @BlakeLively generously donated $500K (USD) to US sister organization @FeedingAmerica and to Food Banks Canada helping kickstart our COVID-19 Response Funds," Food Banks Canada wrote in an Instagram post. "Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude ONCE AGAIN to Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively for pledging another $500K in support of our COVID-19 Response Funds!"
The organization even joked that Reynolds is not only their favorite Canadian but also their favorite superhero.
In its own post, Feeding America thanked the stars for "being our hunger-fighting dream team! Your second $500k gift will make a big difference for people across the country."
"We are honored and privileged to be able to continue our support of Feeding America and Food Banks Canada," the couple said in a statement shared by Feeding America.
"We know the struggle so many of our neighbors faced last year and are not over, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help facilitate the important work of food banks across the US and Canada to be able to provide nourishing meals to people in need," they added.
Feeding America said from the beginning of March through the end of October 2020, its nationwide food banks distributed an estimated 4.2 billion meals to Americans facing hunger.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Feeding America said it has seen "a tremendous increase in the number of people visiting food banks." It added that in many cases, those people are visiting for the first time.