LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Japanese rock star YOSHIKI has made donations in support of multiple Meals on Wheels branches across Los Angeles through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
Seniors are facing the most danger from the coronavirus, and the CDC is urging community support for older adults. The State of California has called for all senior citizens to isolate themselves at home, making their access to food even more difficult.
Meals on Wheels is a federally supported program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors.
"I think now is the time to support each other. It's time to give, not take, especially when there are people who are vulnerable during the current crisis," said YOSHIKI, who has made Los Angeles his home for the past 20 years.
"I wanted to make a donation to the elderly people who have difficulty going out and cannot get enough to eat. If I can help just a little, then maybe others can also be inspired to give. This situation is not just limited to L.A., and I myself am having more difficulty than usual getting food. I hope it will end soon."
YOSHIKI's relationship with Meals on Wheels extends back 10 years, and his support this week includes gifts of $3000 each to Meals on Wheel locations in:
West Los Angeles
San Fernando Valley
Donations to Meals on Wheels can be made through the organization's website.
Last week, YOSHIKI made a 10 million yen (appx. $100,000) donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society in commemoration of the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
This year alone, YOSHIKI also donated a combined $100,000 to Australian Wildfire Relief and the Rainforest Trust.
He has supported numerous other humanitarian causes, including donating $100,000 to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas in 2017.
The rock musician and classical composer has also been active in promoting open sharing of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Last week, YOSHIKI hosted a conversation with Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and director of the Center for iPS Cell Research) to discuss worldwide health concerns. The video was streamed worldwide on Yoshiki Channel International and is available now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yckQnJp9fp8