Craigslist founder Craig Newmark plans to give $10 million to help address a hunger crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
To date, the entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist has doled out $3 million to six organizations, including DC Central Kitchen, FareStart, and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. “I realized that with the pandemic, a large number of people are going to bed hungry — and frankly, that set me off,” Newmark told Bloomberg.
The pandemic has created an economic crisis that could lead to a shortage of 8 billion charitable meals, according to the nonprofit Feeding America, another recipient of Newmark’s largesse. Feeding America estimates that there could be 54 million people needing food in the U.S., up from 37 million before the pandemic.
Newmark made his millions as the founder and co-owner of Craigslist, the No. 1 classified site in the U.S. He still shares ownership of the site with Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, but is no longer involved in the company’s management.
Instead, he devotes himself to charitable giving via Craig Newmark Philanthropies. So far, the charity has donated about $200 million, mostly in support of press freedom and independent journalism. We’ve written about a few of his causes here, here, and here.