Pacman joins world’s largest feeding program to knock out hunger

February 27, 2013 11:12 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 27 — World hunger is not an easy opponent to defeat, but Filipino boxer Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao starting this year, can at least try.

The Global Village Champions Foundation (GVCF) that arrived in the country to help victims of Super Typhoon Pablo in the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao, recently named Pacquiao Asian Good Will Ambassador.

Pacquiao in turn, will be a part of a humanitarian mission that has, over the last 15 years provided 60 million meals, medical supplies, blankets, clothing and hospital equipment to the needy in the Philippines.

Leading the GVCF feeding program and relief efforts in the Philippines is Canadian philanthropist Yank Barry, chairman and founder of GVCF and a 2012 Nobel Peace Prize finalist.

This year, the GVCF is getting ready to provide two million meals in aid to the provinces hardest struck by the typhoon: Sarangani and Compostela Valley.

Ten thousand tubes of food-in-a-tube will be shipped for children under the age of five, supplying them a full day’s replacement of nutritional value together with the two million meals.

As Asian Ambassador, Pacquiao joins other Global Village champions that include boxing legend Muhammad Ali, multi-awarded singer, Celine Dion, basketball great Michael Jordan and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Since 1993, the program has provided and distributed more than 900 million documented meals to the needy around the world.

The goal is to reach one billion meals before December 31 this year and if possible, achieve a day without hunger.

GVCF is presently conducting screenings and have identified malnutrition as one of the biggest problems in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental-—the two most heavily affected provinces.

Addressing the media, Barry said during a press conference on Wednesday at the InterContinental Hotel that despite the efforts to make the public realize that hunger is indeed a major problem, it will still depend on the media to channel this concern.

“You are the ones that deliver the message of the real problem,” Barry said. “By doing so, it is an unselfish thing to do for your country.” (PNA)

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