Now, a young San Jose resident is using her talents to support the cause.
RELATED: Coronavirus Impact: Silicon Valley food programs see sudden rise in demand, costs
Maansi Ranjan watches ABC7 News with her family every night.
They watch to stay informed, but one night the images spoke to 11-year-old Maansi in a different way.
"On TV there was the huge lines going for miles with cars outside of food banks," Maansi said. "It made me want to do something to help, not just watch."
RELATED: Alameda Food Bank sees 10x demand amid COVID-19 crisis
So she went to what she knows best: art.
Maansi was already selling art, on a website that she created, to raise money for kids without art supplies, but with her priorities now in focus, she switched gears to help ease the burden on food banks.
Say hello to Maansi! This 11-year-old is Building a #BetterBayArea through her amazing artwork. She started her own website (https://t.co/NDh5RBS1k2) to sell art and raise money for people in need. These are some of the amazing paintings that she has done. https://t.co/4BmMorGiz1 pic.twitter.com/dVY9lTqiuj— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) June 12, 2020
"I was really happy to see that she transformed her hobbies and passions to do something for the community," Maansi's father Rakesh Ranjan said.
"It's a lot of fun to make the art in general and it's nice to see the cause that I'm supporting," Maansi said.
That cause is Martha's Kitchen in San Jose.
Maansi was raising money for under-privileged kids to get art supplies, but after watching the 5pm news on @abc7newsbayarea, she decided to change gears. She now sells her paintings to raise money for @marthaskitchenN in San Jose. https://t.co/4BmMorGiz1 pic.twitter.com/hDrJ87t1GV— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) June 12, 2020
"My jaw dropped at first given that she was only 11-years-old," Martha's Kitchen Executive Director Bill Lee said. "To see an 11-year-old girl, not only want to help, but to go that far with such a well thought out plan to produce the art, sell it on the website and donate to take care of people that she's never met and probably will never meet just blew me away."
RELATED: Coronavirus kindness: South Bay woman makes blankets for people who lost loved ones to COVID-19
After visiting the kitchen, Maansi was more inspired than ever to help a group that gives back so much to others.
Martha's Kitchen produces 2,800 prepared meals per day for people in need and all the donations from Maansi's artwork will go to that cause.
Maansi has sold more than $200 of art and wants to raise $1,000 total.
Now she hopes someone will see her story on the news and want give back as well.
RELATED: 'ABC7 Better Bay Area: Project Thanks'
"I want people to know that there's so much you can do if you put your talents to a good cause," Maansi said. "You can help so many people and they'll be grateful for it."
If you want to purchase some of Maansi's artwork, visit her website here.
If you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.
Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here
RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS:
- COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list of resources, information
- When will the San Francisco Bay Area reopen? Track progress on 6 key metrics to reopening here
- Life after COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look like
- Live updates about coronavirus outbreak in US, around the world
- INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: How close was CA to becoming a NY-level crisis?
- What will it take to get a COVID-19 vaccine and how will it be made?
- How California's COVID-19 cases stack up against other hot spot states
- Everything you need to know about the Bay Area's shelter-in-place order
- Coronavirus Timeline: Tracking major moments of COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco Bay Area/
- List: Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in the Bay Area?
- COVID-19 Diaries: Personal stories of Bay Area residents during novel coronavirus pandemic
- Coronavirus Doctor's Note: Dr. Alok Patel gives his insight into COVID-19 pandemic
- What does COVID-19 do to your body and why does it spread so easily?
- WATCH: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' virtual town hall about COVID-19 impact on Asian American community
- WATCH: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' virtual town hall about COVID-19 impact on African American community
- WATCH: 'Race & Coronavirus: A Bay Area Conversation' virtual town hall about COVID-19 impact on Latino community
- Here's how shelter in place, stay at home orders can slow spread of COVID-19
- Symptoms, prevention, and how to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak in the US
- List of stores, companies closing due to coronavirus pandemic
- No masks but here are 100+ products that may help protect you against novel coronavirus germs
- Here's a look at some of history's worst pandemics that have killed millions