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Drew Barrymore Announces US$1 Million Donation on Oprah
Date:3/3/2008

Drew Helps 'Fill The Cup' For Thousands OfKenyan School Kids

CHICAGO, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drew Barrymore, one of the world's most recognized film stars, today announced a personal donation of US$1 million on the Oprah Winfrey Show to help the World Food Programe (WFP) feed thousands of school children in Kenya.

"I have seen with my own eyes what a difference a simple cup of nutritious porridge can make in a child's life," said Drew Barrymore. "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."

This US$1 million donation kicks off WFP's challenge to America to help feed 10 million children for a year.

"We have a dream...to feed another 10 million hungry school children in Africa by Thanksgiving Day," said Josette Sheeran, WFP Executive Director who also appeared on Oprah's show. She explained that for just 25 US cents a day, WFP can provide a school meal which feeds bodies, minds and transforms children's lives.

"Just US$50 fills a child's cup for a year, and we call on everyone to click on wfp.org and make a donation," said Sheeran.

Saying that WFP was "all action -- not talk", Barrymore, a WFP "Ambassador Against Hunger," has travelled to Kenya twice in two years to see first-hand the impact hunger has on poor children. She is an ardent advocate for WFP school meals which boost children's chances for health, education and a more promising future.

Sheeran thanked the actress for her generous personal donation to WFP, and paid tribute to her passion and commitment to changing the world for the better.

One of the schools Drew Barrymore has visited in Kenya is Stara, in Nairobi's sprawling slums where students say WFP lunches make a real difference.

"Often I come to school without anything to eat. A meal at school helps me because at ho
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