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One Billion Meals and Counting

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.