Tyler Perry donated 5,000 meals and gift cards to Atlanta families


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Tyler Perry is known for his generosity. Last spring, Tyler loaned his Beverly Hills mansion to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan while they were transitioning from royal life. During the pandemic, Tyler picked up the grocery tab for senior citizens at 70 different grocery stores in Atlanta. Tyler also donated a van to a women’s organization in Atlanta that provides hygiene products to women experiencing homelessness.

Tyler’s latest act of kindness is very much on brand. Tyler experienced food and housing insecurity while pursuing his dream as a writer (he once had to live in his car). He said seeing all the people lining up at foodbanks inspired TPS (Tyler Perry Studios) Giving. Tyler opened his Atlanta studio for a four hour food drive. He paid to feed 5,000 families through boxed meals and grocery store gift cards. Here is more on the story via People:

On Sunday, the star opened up his Atlanta movie studio, Tyler Perry Studios, for four hours to feed 5,000 families with a combination of food boxes and gift cards for local supermarket chain Kroger.

Perry, 51, personally funded the event, called TPS Giving, and studio employees donated their time to volunteer and hand out all of the goods.

“Tyler was heartbroken seeing people all over the country stand in line for food so he decided he wanted to give back to his community in Atlanta,” a source close to Perry tells PEOPLE. “Hopefully this encourages others who are able to, to give back during the holiday season in a year that has been difficult for many.”

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This is another feel good story in which high profile people who have experienced times of poverty are now giving back. I am here for this. I truly believe in giving back whenever I have it to spare. That five dollar gift card can mean the difference of someone going hungry or being fed. It has been a tough year for many. Last week, 25,000 people lined up in their cars at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, TX. We may not realize how that $10 we donated to a food bank a few weeks ago matters. Every little bit counts.

I am not necessarily a fan of Tyler’s movies but I like how he never gave up on himself and kept going. I also like reading about how he loves to give back and help in his community. I hope that many will take a page from Tyler’s book during this time and give whatever they can. If you have extra cash this holiday season, please donate to your local food back or to Feeding America or No Kid Hungry. If you have canned goods in your cabinet that you know you won’t use, donate them to your local food bank. You can even donate the remaining balance of one of your gift cards to this program. I hope this Thanksgiving, despite not being able to be with our friends and family like we are used to, will remind us of the many things that we can be thankful for.


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