May 25, 2017
 
When someone refers to Yank Barry as a successful musician and businessman, they are leaving out what is perhaps one of the most fascinating areas of his life and career. He started many years ago, spending almost 30 years as a very successful player in the music industry, where he was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher. For instance, he was the lead singer of the Footprints, who had a big hit was "Never Say Die." For a time, he was the lead singer for the touring band, The Kingsmen, an iconic band who recorded one of the most iconic hits in rock and roll, "Louie Louie." He also wrote many advertising jingles, including some for the most popular brands of all time.

Following his music career, Yank Barry then became a successful businessman. As a food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, he led the development of a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product that became extremely popular. Of course, as he was traveled the world for business, he saw conditions that changed everything for him; people in many places were living in the harshest possible conditions and he wanted to change that. That is why, these days, Yank Barry is probably best known as a philanthropist. His work with his global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation, has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world in the course of two decades.

However, unlike many others, Yank Barry's philanthropy is more personal. He and his wife Yvette don't just give money and have someone else do the hard work; they go in themselves and help. He works closely with local agencies and NGO's throughout the world to help people in politically unstable areas where few others would bother to go. In recent years, Yank and his wife have been focused on helping refugees from war-torn areas if Syria, Iraq and Iran and he has helped thousands of them escape the violence and volatility caused by groups like ISIS, providing them with a home, medical supplies, food or anything else they need to rebuild.
February 17, 2017
 
Yank Barry’s hard work with his global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation, has led to one billion meals being served to hungry people throughout the world since 1995. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the saying goes; Yank and his wife Yvette don't just write a check or funnel money into his foundation and let others do the hard work. They are intent on making sure their philanthropy will do the most good, so they tend to go in themselves and help, even in places where others are afraid to go.

It’s Yank Barry’s close work with local agencies and NGO's worldwide that seems to do the most. In recent years, he has focused on refugees from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Iran. His efforts have helped thousands of refugees escape the violence and volatility caused by groups as lethal as ISIS, providing them with whatever they need to rebuild their lives, including food, a home, medical supplies and anything else they need to rebuild their lives.

The philanthropic chapter of Yank Barry’s life came after a very successful career in the music industry, where he was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher. That lasted for nearly three decades. In addition to that, he wrote numerous advertising jingles for many products, including some of the most popular brands of all time. Following music, he became a successful businessman, as a food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. As he circled the globe for business, Yank noticed conditions that changed everything for him; people in many places were living in the harshest possible conditions and he wanted to change that. That is why Yank Barry is probably best known as a philanthropist these days.