On this week’s episode of NBC hit “The Voice”, Jewel lent her talents to the show’s contestants, working with Christina Aguilera to coach the upcoming singers. Now, the star has announced she’ll be using her voice to benefit another cause: child hunger.
The platinum recording artist is participating in ConAgra Food’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, now in its third year. The initiative aims to harness star power to help raise funds and awareness to support efforts to stop the hunger epidemic.
This year, Jewel, along with fellow artists Owl City and Jay Sean recorded her own version of the original song, “Here’s Hope”. To download any of the three versions of the song, fans must purchase specially marked packages of ConAgra products, which are marked with a special key-code, and enter that code on the Child Hunger Ends Here site.
The songs went live last Friday, and for each download, the company will donate the equivalent of one meal to national hunger charity Feeding America. The ConAgra Food’s foundation has also committed to donating $10 million over 5 years to the group.
When asked about her involvement with the project, Jewel was quoted as saying, “As a homeless teen, I experienced the epidemic of hunger first-hand. Now, as a new mother, it breaks my heart to know that children suffer from this every day. I’m honored and humbled to be able to help those in need through the Child Hunger Ends Here program and say to our friends and neighbors struggling with hunger, ‘Here’s hope.’”
Codes can be redeemed as part of the drive through August of this year.