Thursday, October 15, 2009

R&B Star Fantasia “Comes Together” With Macy’s and Feeding America

Singer and Broadway Actress to Host Dinner Party at Her Charlotte Home to Benefit Feeding America

CHARLOTTE, NC– October 14, 2009– Singer/Songwriter and season 3 American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, is joining Macy’s in an effort to raise money and awareness for Feeding America and local food banks. Barrino is hosting a dinner party at her Charlotte Home on Thursday, October 15th as part of Macy’s “Come Together” campaign.

This September, Macy’s and Feeding America launched “Come Together,” an innovative awareness and fundraising campaign that aims to feed 10 million people suffering from hunger. Celebrating the renaissance of cooking at home, Come Together invites the public to rally around the cause and host special dinners in their homes, but ask their guests to pledge a donation to Feeding America and local food banks in lieu of the traditional host gift. In return, Macy’s will match these donations dollar-for-dollar until the total goal of 10 million meals is reached. In Charlotte, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina will be one of the beneficiaries of this effort.

The statistics are staggering, as 35.5 million Americans are at risk of hunger with 12 million of those being children. This year alone the need for food is up 30 percent. While many assume that the homeless make up the largest contingent of the hungry, in reality 89 percent of the people Feeding America serve nationally each year have homes. The need for food increases yearly during the Fall/Winter.

“When I heard about the Macy's Come Together Campaign, I thought that hosting a dinner party would be a great way to give back to my community,” said Fantasia. “After gathering information about the campaign I realized and want others to know that hunger is not just something the homeless experience. In these tough times we have to recognize the need to assist our fellow neighbors and community as a whole. That is why I wanted to do something with the campaign and I encourage others to do so as well.”

Source: IT Factor Media PR

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