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I you know him as the dude for the big LeBron the -- -- now Oscar winning actor Jeff Bridges is taking not a brave new role to end child hunger in America watch.
One -- -- kids you -- places it's not always he's.
And in this yeah.
-- kids don't know what.
Joy and share our strength in Food Network and the pledge to end childhood -- here in America.
And now people -- -- so of -- he's teaming up now with Virginia governor Bob McDonnell to unveil the new programs and joining us right now.
To talk about this is governor Bob McDonnell and Jeff Bridges welcome to both you guys thanks joining us.
That you perhaps -- us -- for a bad first off I was shocked at this US sixteen point seven American kids nearly one in four living in households that don't have access to enough nutritional food.
Jeff how did you become aware this.
Well -- you know I started.
Working with the hunger issue back in 83 and originally it was horrible but -- you know ending hunger internationally and then -- -- This might organization -- hunger network was shifted to hunger here in America because it started to raise its head here in our country.
And with that we could -- -- other people about and hunger when we had the problem right here so Virginia's.
Yeah I would like kicking off our program today Jeff and I and secretary Tom Vilsack secretary -- cultural -- had.
An elementary school and Arlington Virginia this morning are this afternoon at 2 o'clock to.
Kick off the campaign -- -- cited a public private partnership between corporate sponsors the food banks.
-- Virginia and just network in SOS will all be together to focus on increasing access to existing federal programs were not expanding it we're just.
Making greater awareness so that kids can use after school programs and summer programs and backpack programs to be able to get the food nutrition they needed.
So so jets -- -- -- because kids look forward to summer when they go to school.
They're guaranteed food because you know within the programs that they are in place but -- summer it becomes a little bit more amorphous correct this row.
We've got a 21 million kids in our country who can count on.
You three or price reduced lunches at school but during the summer time.
Men for the same kids only three million kids or taking advantage of the summer free summer meals and that's what.
That's what one of the -- one of the reasons I'm here is to.
Talk about that and -- to encourage families to.
Know about these is summer meals that are available.
Yeah -- so this is a program that you could put into place and you can afford to to pay for governor and Jeff you picked a good state to get involved with because.
Governor a year and a surplus.
In any country that's having trouble having to cut back in and worried about our deficit what Virginia -- to get -- six fiscal good shape.
-- we met a lot of tough choices last year and cut things that we thought were.
Less important so we could fund the priorities and we focus a lot on job creation and that's what.
Honestly is -- driven the revenue increases this year we're gonna have our second surplus.
This year but what we think gonna matter what the economic climate for young kids.
To go Hungary is just a shame members and is one of the most up -- states of the union.
And yet 2191000.
Virginia kids are rated as up food insecure their risk of going hungry.
And that's just a shame so we really want to ratchet up the focus the awareness.
And access to existing programs that really won't cost the state much at all lot of private donations are going into this -- just network.
And SOS and we think it's going to be a great kick off today -- -- govern.
Be honest and you look at Jeff and -- very close to a right now -- this guy slide right into Washington seamlessly with that -- with that -- god this guy looks like a politician.
Yeah but it doesn't act like one.
Is -- straight shooter.
And -- -- -- to even up with them because this is a nonpartisan issue that we can all agree on Lou it's thanks for coming at a Hollywood -- yet.
Governor Bob McDonnell is nice to have you good luck guys great -- Brian thank -- I'm.
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