When people think of child hunger, most think of an isolated, underdeveloped country but Jeff Bridges is working to change that perception. The Oscar winning actor is helping to feed underprivileged kids right here in America and raising awareness of the issue on a national level.
“We’ve got one in five of our kids that struggles with hunger,” said Bridges during a recent concert with his band Jeff Bridges & The Abiders. “That’s something that’s got to change.”
Bridges first started his crusade against hunger in the 80s when he founded the End Hunger Network that aimed at feeding hungry children worldwide. In 2010 he became the face of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign focusing his efforts domestically.
In June, the actor met with Nevada’s governor Brian Sandoval to discuss what could be done to eradicate the problem in the state and in the process distributed lunches to kids that needed a snack at the library. ‘The Dude’ read to the kids and spoke with them, hoping to make them engaged citizens that embrace the cause in the future, breaking the current cynicism he blames for perpetuating the problem.
“That cynicism holds it in place. I think that’s one of the big reasons we have hunger. It’s really a non-partisan issue,” explained Bridges in an interview to NBC News about how some senators claim hunger is just a part of life. “You’re not gonna have a strong America if you got weak kids. We’re a community. We’re in this together.”
Bridges has a highly expected movie coming out and he’s managed to use that towards his cause as well. Supporters of No Kid Hungry can enter a contest to be a guest of Bridges during the New York premiere of ‘The Giver.’
You can see NBC News’ piece on Bridges’ charity work and activism below.