You would never know it now, but singer-songwriter Jewel experienced significant hardship in her early years. Without a place to call home, there were times when she wasn’t sure where she would spend the night or find her next meal. This experience in her life provided the inspiration for her hit song “Hands,” a song about desperate times but not losing sight of the hope that still exists.
Jewel will be performing a live mash-up of her song “Hands” and “Fill a Heart” as the ACM Lifting Lives show moment during the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7th. “Fill a Heart”, written by Tori Kelly for the Child Hunger Ends Here® program, brings the story of hunger to life. It draws awareness to the issue of child hunger for the nearly 17 million children who live in food insecure homes in the U.S. Today, more than 1 in 5 American children don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, a number that is shocking to say the least. These numbers are a sure sign that something must change and ConAgra Foods has vowed to end this crisis. The song is also a motivator for parents and children alike to learn how they can help end child hunger.
“I’ve never had a chance to perform on an awards show, even though it was a big hit,” Jewel told ACM Tempo. “So, this is a neat opportunity for me. I wanted to say how excited I am and how thankful I am. I love ConAgra Foods, and I think they do great work through their Child Hunger Ends Here® program.”
ACM Awards Executive Producer Rac Clark says Jewel is the perfect artist to bring this issue to light.
“Due to her own adversity, she’s lived something most people will never experience,” Clark said. “She’s been there and back, so she brings a special kind of real emotion to this moment.”
ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy, is spotlighting the issue in conjunction with ConAgra Foods, which has been helping feed children in need for 15 years. Since 1993, ConAgra Foods and ConAgra Foods Foundation have provided more than 300 million pounds of food, which translates into 360 million meals, and invested more than $50 million in leading anti-hunger nonprofit organizations. The company has also established the Child Hunger Ends Here® program. Whenever a customer finds a specially-marked package of brands like Banquet®, Hunt’s®, Marie Callender’s®, PAM®, Chef Boyardee®, Orville Redenbacher’s®, Manwich®, Snack Pack®, or Peter Pan® Peanut Butter, and enters the code from the package at childhungerendshere.com, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. One code equals one meal. It’s that simple.
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