Singer Jackson Browne known for such hits as “Rock Me on the Water” and ”Take It Easy” has something on his mind these days besides his music…feeding the hungry.
Lauded for his music with an induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, an honorary doctoral degree in music from Occidental College, he is also a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award for artists, presented to those who work toward social and environmental issues.
As influential and enduring as his music is Browne’s legacy as an advocate for social and environmental justice is just as reknowned. Therefore, it is his passionate interest in everyday social issues, that moved him to join Artists Against Hunger and Poverty, a national non-profit organization that attacks root causes of hunger and poverty by promoting effective and innovative community based programs.
As apart of this initiative, Browne is partnering with WHY (World Hunger Year) to put food on the shelves of food banks in each city of his tour by requesting concertgoers to bring nonperishable food. His upcoming solo concert at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Rd. in Melbourne, FL, will aide the local food pantry program run by Ascension Catholic Church.
Founded in 1975, WHY is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Convinced that solutions to hunger and poverty can be found at the grassroots level, WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance. WHY is a not-for-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization founded by radio talk show host and present Executive Director Bill Ayres, and the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.
To learn more about this program go to: www.worldhungeryear.org