One of the world's most recognized actresses and successful directors, Drew Barrymore was appointed WFP Ambassador Against Hunger in 2007.
She first travelled to WFP's field operation in 2005, where she visited the Stara School in Nairobi's Kibera slum. Many of the children she met during her visit were AIDS orphans and/or HIV positive. Her trip was featured on the April 2006 cover of the monthly publication, Marie Claire. The magazine's editor Lesley Jane Seymour called it "one of the best stories this magazine has ever published."
In 2007, she visited WFP Kenya operations along with Kenyan marathon legend Paul Tergat, a former school meals beneficiary. The following year, in March 2008, Barrymore took a bold stand in support of the world's hungry during a special appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show as she announced a USDA $1 million donation to support WFP school feeding projects in Kenya.
In January 2010, following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, Barrymore issued an impassioned video appeal urging her fans to support WFP's emergency relief operation.
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