13 August 2010

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges becomes national spokesperson for ‘No Kid Hungry’ campaign

Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges, who won the 2010 Oscar for Best Actor, has accepted a real life role that may require an even more masterful performance than he displayed in Crazy Heart. The sixty-year-old star of movies such as the “The Fisher King”, “Tucker: The Man and his Dream”, “Starman” and “The Big Lebowski” has accepted the position of National Speaker for Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign, an initiative to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015.

"Millions of our kids can't learn in school because they are hungry," Bridges explained in a statement posted on his official website. "Public charities, food banks, and church pantries are doing more than ever before, but they can't keep up with the need. We can never end hunger through the wonderful work of local charities. Like other western democracies, we must end hunger through governmental leadership."

According to Share Our Strength, “Nearly 17 million— almost one in four—children in America face hunger. These children will endure lifelong consequences as a result of having limited access to nutritious foods. In fact, they’re more likely to suffer poorer health, fatigue, hospitalizations, behavioral difficulties and impaired performance at school.”

Share Our Strength, founded in 1984 by Bill and Debbie Shore in the basement of their Washington DC row house, has raised over $280 million and provided support to more than 1,000 organizations fighting to end childhood hunger.

The organization’s new spokesperson is a very busy man. Mr. Bridges stars in the upcoming films “True Grit” and “Tron Legacy” and will also be addressing the National Press Club on November 10 in the Nation’s Capital. The subject, very fittingly, will be Childhood Hunger in America.

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