Rachael Ray makes $4M coronavirus donation, continues to tape show from home

Kimberly Dole
April 15, 2020 - 5:17 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Rachael Ray recently announced that her organizations will donate $4 million for restaurant workers that were laid off due to the coronavirus crisis and will partner with a number of other organizations, including Feeding America, City Harvest, Hunger Free America, and Rethink Food.

Ray said she wanted to “help people more than just, ‘hey, here’s three things you can do with canned tuna'."

“Today we are sending out $4 million, splitting it equally among animal relief because all of the shelters are so full and there are so many animals suffering right now,” Ray said. “And of course human relief, especially seniors and low-income or communities that have very weak infrastructure, getting food out to them.”

Half the money donated will go to animal rescue.  "A lot of the shelters can’t afford to keep going, there’s no workers. Animals are in crisis too," she adds.

She continues to film her show in upstate New York amid the coronavirus pandemic. Her husband even plays the role of producer and cameraman as she continues to make meals for her viewers.

“We have never worked this hard in our entire lives," said Ray. “We do our daytime show from our house now, which airs every Monday and Friday, so we’re actually staying wildly busy,” she said.

While wearing sweats and no makeup, Ray continues cooking low-budget meals based around pantry staples like chickpeas and pasta.

“This is a weird time. I can't say there's a silver lining ... but there are found moments every day," she said at the start of the first at home show.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.