Drew Barrymore Personally Pledged $1 Million to Help Fight Hunger

March 04, 2008 03:49:19 GMT

Drew Barrymore announced on "Oprah Winfrey Show" Monday, March 3 that she is donating $1 million to the World Food Programme to help feed children in Africa.


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When it comes to "big give", Drew Barrymore knows best how to make one. The movie star has on "Oprah Winfrey Show" Monday, March 3 announced that she is donating $1 million to the World Food Programme to help feed children in Africa.

Being tapped as a WFP ambassador against hunger last year, Drew has worked with the charity since 2005 and already taken two trips to Kenya in the past two years to see the organization's work first hand. On the $1 million donation she made, Drew claimed it as the largest donation she's ever made.

The donation, moreover, also marks the kick off of the World Food Program's "Fill the Cup" campaign, which aim is seeking to persuade Americans to fork over cash to feed 10 million hungry kids for a year.

"I have seen with my own eyes what a difference a simple cup of nutritious porridge can make in a child's life," the movie beauty said in a statement. "It helps them learn, stay healthy and sets them on track for a bright future. I urge everyone - everywhere - to help WFP Fill the Cup for hungry children, and make hunger history."

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, who also appeared on Oprah, said "We have a dream ... to feed another 10 million hungry school children in Africa by Thanksgiving Day."

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