Metallica’s charity All Within My Hands Foundation recently donated $500,000 to help feed Ukrainian refugees. Announced on April 4, the rockstars’ foundation made a specific donation to World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit currently providing meals to those who have fled Ukraine.
Founded in 2017, the metalhead charity is “dedicated to building sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, hunger relief and other essential local services”.
Regarding the foundation’s donation to World Central Kitchen, a member of the group said, “The work that chef José Andrés and the dedicated cooks of World Central Kitchen are doing on the front lines in a humanitarian crisis is nothing short of amazing,” said drummer. Lars Ulrich. “We are inspired, humbled and more than proud to support their teams currently in six European countries serving the millions of Ukrainians who have been forced from their homes.”
Ulrich continued, “WCK represents everything Metallica and our All Within My Hands Foundation stands for in providing meals with dignity and hope around the world.” World Central Kitchen was founded by chef José Andrés to provide “meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises”.
In addition to fighting hunger, All Within My Hands also seeks to support workforce education and other essential services. Created in 2019, the All Within My Hands Foundation offers the Metallica Scholars initiative. The initiative helps selected schools in need receive a $100,000 grant to be used to create beneficial programs for their schools.
“Our intended outcome is that our students receive an education that will enable them to secure better paying jobs and establish stable careers,” the nonprofit states in its mission statement. “In most cases, this is not accomplished by attending school for two years to receive an associate’s degree, but rather the result of a three- or six-month certificate program.”
The band also donated funds to musicians and crew members in need during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Raising more than $350,000, the foundation donated funds to the Bartenders Emergency Relief Program, Feeding America, Direct Relief and Crew Nation.
A statement posted on Metallica’s official website read, “As a result of the spread of the coronavirus, the most vulnerable people in our communities need help more than ever. All Within My Hands is reaching out with four grants totaling $350 $000 to organizations dedicated to helping those hard hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more about the work All Within My Hands does for musicians and community members, visit their website HERE.
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