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Yank Barry: One Billion Meals and Counting

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.