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The Dude Is Feeding Children and I’m Helping! : How Jeff Bridges is leaving NoKidHungry.org

Could some one please tell me where Jeff Bridges came from and where do we find more actors like him? While growing up in the 80’s I couldn’t tell the difference between Jeff Bridges and Matthew Modine. The only Bridges I knew then was Lloyd and that’s only because I still laugh about how he “picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue” in one of the greatest comedies ever, “Airplane” Yet, here stands Jeff Bridges on top of the acting world with an Oscar win in 2010, a Nomination in 2011 and at one point last winter he had the top two movies in theaters.  For the past 25-year’s Jeff Bridges has done many notable films but in my opinion it was in 1998 that the whole world stopped and recognized Jeff as the brilliant actor and man he is. . That was the year of “The Big Lebowski” when Mr. Bridges played the lovable and infamous  “The Dude”.

After meeting Jeff years later I don’t think  “The Dude” character was too far of a stretch for him. Bottom line, Jeff Bridges is one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet. He does things his way and he does it in a laid back style that any surfer or hippie would admire.  There are many reasons, some of which I’ll talk about, to praise Jeff Bridges as an artist. But, what I admire most about Jeff Bridges is his advocacy and philanthropy work for the betterment of humanity.  In particular, Jeff has dedicated much of his life to ending childhood hunger. He is the national spokesman for Share Our Strength- No Kid Hungry. It’s a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.  If you haven’t heard of this before you could start by tuning into The Food Network Saturday April 14th 2012 at 8:0o PM EST/ 7:00PM CST to get an idea of what Jeff’s mission is. It will be a heart-felt documentary piece called Hunger Hits Home. You can also continue reading to see how a regular Joe like myself and you could take part in ending childhood hunger in America.  In my opinion “The Dude” is one of the coolest characters ever portrayed on-screen but the true man who is Jeff Bridges is even cooler. At the end of the day a man’s character off-screen is what matters most to me and I think these actions should determine whom we look up to as heroes and idols.

I was a big fan of “the Dude’ the minute I walked out of the theater.  After “The Big Lebowski ” Bridge’s was on a role with movies like “The Contender and “Sea Biscuit.  Then of course there was the time I got the bamboozled into watching him play the role as coach Burt Vickerman in the teenybopper gymnastics movie “Stick It.”  Really Jeff? A gymnastics coach?  Trust me it wasn’t my idea to see this folks, I’m sure there was some girl I was chasing at the time. Needless to say “Stick It” was in my opinion a bump in the road in an otherwise glorious career. Burt Vickerman aside I always knew what a brilliant artist Jeff bridges was and what made The Dude more than just your everyday actor.  Bridges’ is an all around artist, which is refreshing to see today. He’s a brilliant musician as he displayed in “Crazy Heart” and an equally talented Photographer.  I had the good fortune of meeting Jeff bridges while working on a TV show back when he released ” Pictures by Jeff Bridges”. A coffee table book with collections of Bridges’s set photographs.  It’s a series of black and white photos that show the casual and humorous side of the likable actor. Jeff Bridges is indeed an all around artist, but even with all that what I admire about most is Jeff’s off screen work.

Way before I ever knew Jeff bridges as an actor  he has been doing work that really makes a difference and embodies the Earthy Urban mentality. In ’83, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization determined to feeding children around the world. The organization used star power and the entertainment industry to spread awareness and generate action to end childhood hunger in the U.S. More recently The End Hunger Network has partnered with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Check it out at www.nokidHungry.com

I went to the website myself and learned some staggering statistics about hunger right here in the United States. I think we get so involved in giving to other worldly problems that we forget to see what’s going on right here in our own home. 1 in 4 kids in the U.S faces hunger! And I have the nerve to complain about not eating in a few hours. These are sad statistics and I wanted to help anyway I could. Once I went to the webpage I was surprised by how easy it was for me to do my part.  By simply giving your email address and zip code you sign the pledge to ending childhood hunger. Don’t worry about junk mail because there is none. Every once in a while you’ll get an email from Jeff,  or some nice folks named Billy & Amy who let you know how the fight against hunger is coming and ways you could help.   Jeff has made the pledge over 25 years ago and I’m proud to say that recently so have I. Once you have made the pledge you can spread the word with a click of a button and either chose to donate or act now. With all that’s been going on in the world I’ve stretched my wallet too thin for financial contributions so I clicked on the ACT NOW button. Here you will find more easy steps to help the cause and contribute in your community. I’ve decided to use the knowledge I gaining by spreading the word and Helping Los Angeles low-income families learn how to make healthy and affordable choices at the supermarket. It’s really simple and millions of children will thank you for it.

Visit:  www.NoKidHungry.org and make the pledge today.

Don’t forget to tune in to Hunger Hits Home: on the Food Network Saturday April 14th at 8:00PM EST / 7:00CST

Watch Jeff Bridges on “Tavis Smiley” I have so much respect for him not only for his commitment and conviction to this project, but the answer he gave when Tavis asked him what winning an Academy Award has done for him. Check it out below:

What did you think of Hunger Hit’s Home on The Food Network? Jeff Brides is a pretty Earthy Urban dude. What other actors do you know who are doing some pretty great things for the betterment of our world?




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