Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart album is expected to provide half a million meals in school for hungry children.
(Portrait by William Caxton)
Royalties from Bob Dylan’s forthcoming album 'Christmas in the Heart' will be donated to WFP. The gift, which comes as a growing hunger crisis threatens millions of people worldwide, will provide half a million school meals to hungry kids in developing countries.
NEW YORK -- International royalties** from Bob Dylan's new Christmas In The Heart album, to be released 12 October, will be donated to WFP, bringing help and hope to hungry families who have been dealt a devastating blow by the financial crisis and stubbornly high food prices. Read news release
"Bob Dylan's generosity to help WFP feed the world's hungry couldn't come at a better time. Starting this Christmas, we can give thousands of meals to hungry school children all over the world, a gift for a lifetime," said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.
For just 25 cents a day, WFP can fill a school child's cup with porridge to help them learn better and succeed in the future.
"The number of hungry in the world -- many of them children -- has hit an historic high while food assistance has reached a historic low. [see figures]. Today in the United States and in much of Europe, more people are relying on government safety nets for food and support than perhaps ever before, but for 80 per cent of the world, a safety net is little more than a dream. Bob Dylan's new album will help change that."
Bob Dylan commented: “That the problem of hunger is ultimately solvable means we must each do what we can to help feed those who are suffering and support efforts to find long-term solutions. I’m honoured to partner with the World Food Programme and Crisis in their fight against hunger worldwide.”
Christmas In The Heart will be the 47th album from Bob Dylan, and follows his worldwide chart-topping Together Through Life, released earlier this year. Songs performed by Dylan on this new album include, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”
(**all international royalties except for the UK where Crisis UK is the recipient)