by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes
Tags: .

drew.jpgToday on the Oprah Winfrey Show, actress Drew Barrymore announced she was personally going to give $1 million dollars to help the World Food Programe (WFP) feed thousands of school children in Kenya. That’s some serious change — and Barrymore is committed to making a difference, having traveled to Kenya twice in the past two years as a WFP “Ambassador Against Hunger”. From the release,

“‘I have seen with my own eyes what a difference a simple cup of nutritious porridge can make in a child’s life,’ said Drew Barrymore. ‘It helps them learn, stay healthy and sets them on track for a bright future. I urge everyone — everywhere — to help WFP ‘Fill the Cup’ for hungry children, and make hunger history.'”

The donation kicks off WFP’s challenge to America to help feed 10 million children for a year. They are seeking $3 billion — just 25 cents a day — to feed 59 million hungry school children in developing countries worldwide for a year. Last year, the organization fed more than 20 million school children with a daily cup of porridge, rice or beans.

To make a donation, please click here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

View all posts by Michael dEstries →
  • oakling

    Does the WFP know that they could rent Whitney for an hour with that money?

    Well. Maybe forty-five minutes. If she rounds up.

    I guess we know who the better celebrity is….

  • Cassie

    I love that she is doing this because and not bragging about it like the more known celebraties who think its “cool” to help out our globe

  • Barbara Schubert

    I recently saw Drew Barrymore on Oprah and I couldn’t help but wonder why doesn’t she insist her money be used for teaching these people forms of birth control?? She featured a women that stated that she goes hungry in order to feed her 9 children!! I repeat 9 children! And I beg to differ with Oprah that everyone here lives in abundance…has she ever driven through southern Louisiana? As far as Kenya goes just feeding them is like putting a bandaid over an infection and not treating the infection with any antibiotics. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.