Drew Barrymore has donated $1 million of her own money to help feed thousands of school children in Kenya, it was announced on Monday.
The 33-year old actress announced her pledge on The Oprah Winfrey Show to kick off the U.N.World Food Programme’s $3 billion "Fill the Cup" campaign, that aims to feed 59 million hungry school children in developing countries for a year.
The agency hopes the U.S. will be able to donate enough money to feed 10 million of those children.
Drew, who is a WFP ambassador against hunger, said, "I have seen with my own eyes what a difference a simple cup of nutritious porridge can make in a child’s life. It helps them learn, stay healthy and sets them on a track for a bright future."
The Charlie’s Angels star has travelled to Kenya twice in the past two years for WFP.
"I urge everyone — everywhere — to help WFP ‘Fill the Cup’ for hungry children and make hunger history," she said in a statement released by the agency.
Josette Sheeran, WFP’s executive director, said $50 "fills a child’s cup for a year" and called on people to donate through the Web site www.wfp.org.
The organization said last year it provided more than 20 million school children with a daily cup of porridge, rice or beans and also gave many girls a monthly ration to take home to their families. It said up to 70 percent of its food used for school meals is bought from farmers in developing countries.