10 Celebrities Fighting Hunger in America Slideshow
October 25, 2012
The man, the myth, the legend — what doesn’t Bono have his hands in? A pal to presidents, a leader in the fight against poverty, and a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee — the U2 singer co-founded the ONE campaign, (RED), and EDUN, a clothing company that strives to stimulate trade with poverty-stricken countries. His current campaign for ONE is geared toward malnutrition, called Thrive: Nutrition on the Agenda, which calls on world leaders to make measurable commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition by 2016 and help 25 million children reach their full potential.
Ben Affleck is more than just a pretty face. An avid activist with deep roots in the Eastern Congo Initiative, the ONE Campaign, and the "Stay Close" campaign for LGBT families, he has strived to create an awareness about hunger in America and around the world. Along with Ellen DeGeneres in 2006 and more recently, with his friend and Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon, Affleck is one of the spokespeople for Feeding America.
Like other celebrities, Christina has gone the PSA route, lending her voice to several about child hunger. "After I had my son, Max, I knew I wanted to get involved in causes that help children" said Aguilera. So now she is also the global spokesperson for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief. "When I learned how millions of children go to bed hungry, my only response was, 'What can I do to help?'" The brand's main initiatives are to raise awareness to the United Nations' World Food Programme.
The actor and funnyman has paired with site EcoMom for their "It’s All Good" campaign, where each order from the site means a day of food for a child between the ages of 4 and 18 months. The goal is to feed at least 100,000 hungry children in the U.S. this year. David Arquette has been pioneering the cause at various shelters across the country in cities like New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
Josh Groban is a strong activist for a number of charities, and he was inspired to start his own after meeting Nelson Mandela, and so the Find Your Light was born. The singer recently recorded a PSA for Feeding America with 50 Cent, Rachael Ray, and celebrity chef Ellie Krieger to raise awareness about the more than one in five children who often suffer from hunger in silence.
Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges is a pioneer in the celebrity fight against hunger; he founded the End to Hunger Network in 1983. "My profession is getting into other people’s shoes," he said, explaining his empathy for parents who can’t provide for their children in a speech for Share Our Strength’s "No Kid Hungry" campaign. "I have another kind of hunger, a hunger to contribute." His newest venture with actor Kevin Bacon, Six Days of Good for Hunger, raised nearly $5 million by asking individuals and teams created to create fundraising pages for their favorite charities working to end hunger and raise money for their charity.
A unique campaigner, Matt Damon likes to get his hands dirty in his efforts. He has defended teachers during a Washington rally for better wages and has backed water and hunger efforts in Darfur. He is on the founding team of Water.org to voice clean water initiatives in Africa and Damon is currently an ongoing spokesperson for Feeding America.
In honor of World Food Day, rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has linked his energy drink brand Street King with the United Nations' World Food Programme's campaign to end hunger. For each energy shot sold, a meal will be provided to a child in need. "These days, we hear a lot about clean energy, and efficiency, but this is about human energy, energy that's fueling change," he said. Last year's "Hustle 1 Million Meals" campaign was another part of his Street King mission to feed 1 billion children in five years. To date, the rapper has donated 3.5 million meals. This year as well, he joined Groban and Rachael Ray on a PSA for Feeding America.
The country singer was stunned when she learned about the hunger statistics in America. "At some point, all of us have encountered hungry children in our own community, but I was shocked to learn that millions of kids may go hungry during the summer," said Kellie Pickler . "That is why I am honored to be working with the ConAgra Foundation and Feeding America to raise awareness of this problem and show there’s help through programs like Hunger-Free Summer," This past summer, Pickler stuffed boxes with canned goods and other food items to be delivered to many of the 400,000 children who are in need across middle Tennessee alone. She also launched Hunger Avengers a children’s activity booklet on the cause. For every download or "share," one meal was donated to a child in need. The goal was to reach 500,000 meals donated by September 2012 .
George Clooney is famous for his looks, flicks, and love life, but also for doing more than talking the talk. He has donated millions to the World Food Programme, works to fight poverty through "Realizing the Dream," and created an alliance with his Ocean's 11 buddies for Not On Our Watch, an organization whose purpose is to stop genocide in Sudan. Clooney has also participated in Bono’s ONE Campaign against hunger with a PSA.