By Linda St.Cyr, Contributing Writer
Actor Jeff Bridges is using his celebrity status to draw attention to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in Virginia and also talking to puppets while he is at it. Joining Bridges for the launch of the campaign was Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. No Kid Hungry helps to match up low-income children with federal nutrition programs during the summer months when there is no access to free or reduced-cost school lunches.
The politicians and the actor met up at Barcroft Elementary in Arlington, Va. to kick off the fight against childhood hunger. Bridges joked with a few puppets during the campaign launch news conference and before the puppet show which helps explain the No Kid Hungry movement to children. A new PSA that stars Bridges has the celebrity encouraging people to take the pledge at Share Our Strength and take action to fight childhood hunger.
No Kid Hungry is part of a national initiative to end childhood hunger by 2015. Several other states have begun campaigns for No Kid Hungry including Maryland, Connecticut, California and now Virginia. As the spokesman for No Kid Hungry, Jeff Bridges has been visiting schools, doing PSA’s and talking about the campaign on a national level. His most recent interview was on Hard Ball with Chris Matthews. You can watch the interview here.
Look for a No Kid Hungry campaign in your state to find out about federal nutrition resources available or consider taking the pledge at Share Our Strength to help eradicate hunger by 2015.
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