Christina Aguilera Finds Hope in a Hungry World
WORLD HUNGER SOLUTIONS The world renowned pop icon moves out of the limelight and calls action to the fight against global hunger.
Mediaplanet: What inspired you to become the World Food Programme Ambassador?
Christina Aguilera: After having my first child, Max, several years ago I knew I wanted to get involved in causes that help kids. When I learned how millions of children go to bed hungry, my only response was ‘what can I do to help.’ Since 2009, when I first volunteered as a spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort to help raise awareness, volunteerism and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), I wasn’t aware how much my involvement would touch me. My goal is to use my voice to shine the spotlight on hunger. Over the years, I’ve traveled to places like Rwanda, Haiti and Guatemala with WFP to feed young mothers and children. I’ve been moved and inspired in words that are hard to articulate.
MP: How has being a mother influenced your experience as an activist for the cause?
CA: It’s heartbreaking to me that nearly 850 million people go to bed hungry each night. And this includes far too many children. It’s a subject so close to my heart and has been for a long time, being a mom.