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September 4th, 2012
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Actor Jeff Bridges brings 'No Kid Hungry' campaign to DNC, says 'if we're not taking care of our kids, we're not taking care of our country'

"The Dude" himself, Oscar-winning actor and musician Jeff Bridges is lending his talents to this year's Democratic convention in Charlotte, NC. Bridges and his band, "The Abiders," performed last night at the Carolina Fest. He is also in town to promote his other passion project, which is ending childhood hunger with a screening of a documentary that he's narrated called "Hunger Hits Home."

He is an advocate for the "No Kid Hungry" campaign, which aims to educate low-income families about staying fit and healthy. Bridges joins Soledad on "Starting Point" with "Share Our Strength" founder Bill Shore to talk about the importance of working to end child hunger.

"If we're not taking care of our kids, we're not taking care of our country," Bridges says. "If another country was doing this to our kids, we'd be at war."

Soledad asks why both parties are not doing more to talk about working to end hunger in America.

"It's precisely the time when the problem is bigger than it's ever been, 46 million Americans living below the poverty line, 46 million Americans on food stamps, half of them being children," Shore says. "And it's a solvable problem, which is what I think the point that Jeff has been trying to make with the "No Kid Hungry" campaign - getting bipartisan support to say we have the food resources. If we can get these kids connected to them, we can solve hunger."

Shore adds, "less than half the kids that get lunch, less than half get breakfast even though they are eligible. And the obstacle is getting to school early to do it. Most of us can barely get the kids to school on time. So to get there early and have the stigma attached to going to school early. In some places like in Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa just announced to us they are moving breakfast from the cafeteria to the first 10 minutes of first period. And what they're finding is that every kid is in every seat on time. The teachers love it because everyone shows up. You get a guaranteed breakfast."

If you want to donate to the 'No Kid Hungry' campaign, you can text 'hungry' to 877877 or visit Nokidhungry.org

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