09 December 2010

Nelly joins effort to ‘Tackle Hunger’ this holiday season

Grammy award-winning artist Nelly is lending his talents to teen nonprofit DoSomething.org for the organization’s 3rd annual “Tackle Hunger” campaign. The initiative aims to encourage our nation’s youth to take action against the ever worsening issue of hunger that now affects one out of every four children in the U.S.

“You’ve heard me singing about dreams in my new song,” Nelly said. “For 1 in 7 American households in the US, their dream is just to put enough food on the table to feed their family. Let’s rally together and Do Something about it!”

The hip hop recording star, entrepreneur, actor and even afternoon radio host is starring in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) where he challenges teens to collect a whopping 1 million pounds of food by Dec. 23. But it’s not just a one sided deal for those young people who decide to participate. One lucky hard working teen will win a party for their school and a $1,000 donation to their local food bank.

According to DoSomething.org the annual endeavor “empowers youth to launch their own food drives in their schools and communities to benefit hungry families.” The campaign makes it easy for teens to locate local Feeding America food banks by offering a database that is searchable by zip code.

"Teens love to give back during the holiday,” says DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin. “This campaign helps them be a part of something big, while still making a difference for hungry families right in their own community.”

It truly is mind boggling that a country that slaughters 287 chickens, 3.68 pigs and 1.12 cows per second would have a problem with hunger. All of the death and little to show for it.

To learn more about the "Tackle Hunger" campaign please visit  www.dosomething.org/tacklehunger.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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