Metallica has announced a $500,000 donation to the World Central Kitchen Ukraine Relief Fund to kick off the band’s annual Month of Giving charity initiative.

The money will support World Central Kitchen in its efforts to provide meals to Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion of their home country.

“The work that [WCK founder] Chef José Andrés and the dedicated World Central Kitchen cooks do on the frontlines in a humanitarian crisis is nothing short of incredible,” says Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “We are inspired, humbled, and beyond proud to support their teams currently in six European countries serving the millions of Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homes.”

The drummer adds, “WCK represents everything that Metallica and our All Within My Hands foundation stand for by providing meals with dignity and hope worldwide.”

Metallica first launched their Month of Giving campaign in 2020. This year’s program will last over two months, from now through May 31.

Metallica will continue to raise funds for WCK through exclusive merch through their website, as well as various auctions and raffles, one of which will offer the guitars James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett will play during the band’s upcoming Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

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