(NEW YORK) — Beyonce is lending her star power to the fight against hunger and to help job creation.
In the hunger effort, the singer and actress is working with “Miss a Meal,” a campaign that encourages people to skip a meal and donate the money to the campaign to feed the needy.
Beyonce, her sister, Solange, and their mother, Tina Knowles, are working together on the effort.
Beyonce, 31, said she was 13 and her sister 8 when they started serving meals to the homeless after church.
“There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal,” she said in a news release. “We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”
The Miss-a-Meal campaign is run by Bread of Life, a Houston nonprofit founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus 21 years ago to help the needy in the Houston area. Bread of Life serves 14,000 meals each month through its community food fair and senior food program.
Beyonce is also working with Goodwill to support people who are trying to find work. Starting on June 28 — the start of the North American leg of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour — the star will promote donation drives to benefit Goodwill.
Goodwill will host a mobile donation center at tour venues in 24 cities across North America. The organization will collect clothing, electronics and small household goods, and proceeds from the sale of those items will benefit Goodwill in its work to help people who are facing challenges in their search for work.
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Jeff Peterson, Deseret News
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations