Jeff Bridges is a celebrated Academy Award®-winning actor, a musician, a photographer and a philanthropist who is fighting childhood hunger in the USA. Since 2010, Jeff Bridges has served as National Spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Arkansas welcomed the No Kid Hungry campaign and national spokesperson Jeff Bridges this past March , to mark significant achievements in work to ensure more low income children receive free breakfast at school. Bridges joined Governor Beebe, Share Our Strength founder Bill Shore, and corporate and community partners, as children enjoyed breakfast. Simply moving breakfast from the cafeteria into the first period classroom has had a significant impact for kids who used to eat alone in the cafeteria or arrived late for breakfast and went without. Hungeer plays a significant role in how well children perform at school. In fact, statistics show that children who eat breakfast are more successful academically. More than 16 million children in the USA live in homes that struggle to put food on the table.
Once school is dismissed for the summer, only 1 out of seven children who recive a free or reduced meal during the school year, receive a meal during the summer months. Jeff recently joined a number of governors to discuss childhood hunger, and summer meals to families in need. The meeting, which included Democratic Governors, met in Montana. Jeff sat in a on hunger panel with Governor Steve Bullock (MT), Governor Martin O’Malley (MD), Governor Jay Inslee (Washington), Governor Lincoln Chafee(Rhode Island), Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado) and Governor Jay Nixon (Missouri). The panel created an opportunity to discuss issues related to child hunger ; several of the governors on hand were looking for real life solutions to barriers that exist with helping to feed under-privileged children. Jeff encouraged governors and school superintendants to think about ways to overcome obstacles to feeding kids in their school districts.
Childhood hunger is solvable. Working together is the best way to end hunger altogether. There are many ways you can get involved to help fight childhood hunger in the USA. Look here for a solution that speaks to you.