Maui Food Bank NewsFebruary, 2017
Celebrities Step Up to the Plate to Fight Hunger!
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 and 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.”
“I went to bed hungry many nights as a child. It was a Dream that dressed me up when I was ragged, and it was a Dream that filled me up when I was hungry. Now it’s my Dream to see that no child in this world ever goes hungry, certainly not here in America, the most bountiful country in the world. We can do better…we must!
“Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. And to think of the elderly suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us. Unlike Third World nations, in our country the problem is not having too little — it is about not caring enough! Write your elected representatives and promote support for the hungry.”