Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort with the “Pass The Red Cup” challenge featuring Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera.
According to the United Nations, there are nearly 850 million people around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative, spanning more than 125 countries; 40,000 KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants; and 1.5 million associates. The initiative began in 2007 in an effort to raise awareness, volunteerism, and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies.
The new “Pass The Red Cup” challenge is designed to drive awareness and inspire donations for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief. Aguilera is challenging media outlets, other celebrities, influencers, and her fans around the world to share #PassTheRedCup on their social channels to raise awareness of the global hunger issue. She’s also urging people to donate $5 to help feed 20 schoolchildren on the campaign’s website, HungertoHope.com. Every dollar raised will go directly toward WFP’s operations to fight hunger around the world.
Aguilera will appear in a global World Hunger Relief public service announcement; posters at KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants; advertising; and online efforts. She has served as a volunteer spokeswoman for World Hunger Relief since 2009 and has helped to raise millions for WFP and other hunger relief agencies. She is also an “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP and has traveled on relief trips to Rwanda, Haiti, and Guatemala. In 2012, World Food Program USA honored Aguilera and David Novak, Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO, at the U.S. State Department with the George McGovern Leadership Award for their hunger relief efforts. In addition, she received a special achievement award at the 2012 National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards and was the first recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2013 for her hunger relief work.
“The beautiful faces of the children I’ve met in Rwanda and in other countries are with me every day and fuel my passion to raise awareness of the global hunger issue,” Aguilera says. “That’s why I’m urging everyone to join me and #PassTheRedCup for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort. Together we can move millions of children from hunger to hope.” People can accept Aguilera’s challenge by sharing #PassTheRedCup on social channels and by donating $5 on HungertoHope.com.
“With nearly 850 million people going hungry worldwide, we all need to help find a solution to this critical issue,” Novak says. “We are thankful to WFP for their incredible life-saving hunger relief efforts in developing countries and to Christina Aguilera for her passion to raise awareness and inspire people to get involved. I’m especially proud of our 1.5 million associates around the globe who are volunteering in their local communities to fight hunger. As one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, we have the privilege and responsibility to lead the fight to end hunger and save lives.”
“We are grateful for Yum! Brands’ partnership and ongoing commitment to helping WFP save lives by providing access to food assistance supporting more stable communities around the world,” says Ertharin Cousin, executive director of WFP. “The World Hunger Relief campaign is a great example of how much can be accomplished when individuals rally around a good cause. Because together, by providing access to nutritious food, we can help millions more hungry people create a better future for themselves. A future where zero hunger is a reality and children everywhere can pursue a life of truly infinite possibilities.”
Since 2007, Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort has raised more than $185 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and provided 740 million meals to save the lives of millions of people in all corners of the world. Consumers can visit HungertoHope.com; donate in KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants worldwide; or text “WHR” to 90999 in the U.S. to make a donation.
Yum! is also addressing hunger across the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since its launch over two decades ago, Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. Through Harvest, Yum! has donated more than 169 million pounds of food, with a value of nearly $764 million, to those at risk of hunger in the U.S. Yum! has also been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, Kentucky, for 12 years with donations totaling more than $12 million.