Tyler Perry Gives Away 5,000 Meals to Atlanta Families in Need at a Thanksgiving Event

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Nov 24, 2020
07:30 A.M.
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Acclaimed producer and writer Tyler Perry gave away 5,000 meals to Atlanta families in line with this year’s Thanksgiving celebration. It was the newly-minted billionaire’s way of giving back to the community.


Tyler Perry, whose rags-to-riches story has inspired many, has made one major act of kindness over the weekend. He opened Tyler Perry Studios for four hours to spread happiness to 5,000 Atlanta families. 

The 51-year-old entertainment mogul personally funded the event dubbed as "TPS Giving," where his studio employees spent their time handing out goods for the families. 

Actor and producer Tyler Perry during his 2019 TV guesting on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" at the ABC Network. | Photo: Getty Images



A source reportedly told People that the "Tyler Perry’s House of Payne" star was "heartbroken" after seeing people all over the country lining up for several hours just to get food. 

Though he could not feed the whole country, Perry decided to start his kind initiative in Atlanta as he has been meaning to give back to his community. The source said:

"Hopefully this encourages others who are able to, to give back during the holiday season in a year that has been difficult for many."


Abiding by COVID-19 safety protocols, Perry and his team set-up the socially-distanced event in a drive-thru process, where cars lined up hours before the gift-giving could start. 

The families were provided with food served by the crew. The group also doled out a combination of food boxes and gift cards from the local supermarket chain Kroger. 

He said that those who do not like his writing are not his audience, as most of the people who liked it are from the Black community.



The charitable drive in Atlanta is not new to Perry, as the latter has been generous in extending help to the community. In July, he donated 1,000 gift cards for the families affected by the pandemic.

Not only is Perry famous for his advocacies, but he is also known to offer support to less fortunate families. He once offered to pay for the funeral of eight-year-old Secoria Turner, who was killed in Atlanta. 

Moreover, Perry shouldered the private plane travel for the late George Floyd’s family to attend Floyd's funeral. He also covered the funeral expense for Racial Brooks. Both Floyd and Brooks were reportedly victims of police brutality.  



For his deep commitment to philanthropy and incredible works in the entertainment industry, the Wall Street Journal named Perry as the Entertainment Innovator of the Year.

He was also hailed as the People's Choice Awards' People's Champion a week ago. He delivered an inspiring speech that focused on the importance of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. 

Previously, Perry was also named as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and accepted the Governor's Award at the recently-concluded Emmy Awards in September.


Amid his successful career in Hollywood, there are still people who have remained unimpressed by Perry’s remarkable streaks in Tinseltown. However, Perry recently clap-backed at his critics. 

He said that those who do not like his writing are not his audience, as most of the people who liked it are from the Black community. His choice of audience loves the way his stories are told.