Social media company TikTok has said it will donate $3 million to the After-School All-Stars charity founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California and hollywood actor, according tomedia reports. It helps families whose public schools have been closed because of the new coronavirus outbreak to address food safety problems.
In 60 cities with ASAS divisions, families will receive food stamps and gift cards that they can use to buy food and other essentials at local stores, TikTok said in a statement Thursday.
“We are all in a period of uncertainty, and now more than ever, our local and global communities are coming together to help those in need,” Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok USA, said in a statement. This commitment will help more students get safe food in this crisis. While this does not mitigate the impact of the current situation, we hope to allay parents’ concerns that they need to strike a balance between social tasks, work and caring for children who can no longer go to school every day. “
It is understood that chapters in the worst-hit cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., will receive assistance. Partners in the program include Food Land, Giant, Kroger, Publix, Ralphs, Safeway, Target and Wal-Mart.
In addition, TikTok said it would mobilize employees to raise $1 million in donations to improve ASAS’ food supply capacity.
“In a crisis, improvisation is critical, and everyone has to find new ways to help the most vulnerable,” Schwarzenegger, a former California governor and ASAS founder, said in a statement. When I founded ASAS in 1992, I set a goal of helping the families most in need. I’m grateful for TikTok’s donation, which allows us to change our priorities so that our team can safely deliver grocery and grocery gift cards to the families we help. “