Surely, when he was in the midst of his nearly 30 year career in the music industry, Yank Barry probably didn’t imagine himself becoming an award-winning philanthropist later in life. And yet here is is. Among other awards, Yank Barry has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, so far. However, before that, early in his first career, he was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher and he wrote a number of advertising jingles for some of the most popular brands of all time.
Before he became a career philanthropist, however, he had a second career later on, as a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, manufacturers of a dehydrated soy-based meat replacement product. As he was traveling the world for Vitapro, however, he saw a lot of suffering that he felt was unnecessary. That is what set the stage for his current career as a world-class philanthropist and a lot of awards. He started off in 1995, by establishing a global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation.
Yank Barry, his wife Yvette and numerous friends and philanthropic partners like Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan and many others, turned the Foundation into a success. The initiative has thus far provided more than one billion meals to hungry people all over the world. Yank Barry has a different type of philanthropic style than most, in that he doesn’t just write a check, he and his wife actually do most of the work themselves. Recently, he has been focused on helping refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran, and he has helped thousands escape the violence caused by groups like ISIS. He provides them with whatever they need to rebuild their lives, including food, a home, medical supplies and anything else.
While it is the case that Yank Barry was in the music industry for almost three decades, that is not a great description of what he did. He was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher and he eventually became a major jingle writer, often for some top brands. Later, Yank was a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, producing a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. That company was enormously successful and led to his third career, as a philanthropist.
Traveling the world for business, Yank Barry noticed conditions that changed it all for him. People all over the world were living in downright appalling conditions. He felt bad enough that he wanted to fix things for as many as possible. If the world had seemingly forgotten the, he was going to step in and help. In 1995, he founded and still runs the Global Village Champions Foundation. Over the years, that international hunger initiative has provided at least a billion meals to hungry people globally. He doesn’t do it alone, of course. In addition to his wife Yvette, he’s received help from many friends and philanthropic partners, like Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Buzz Aldrin and Gary U.S. Bonds.
That would be enough for many, but Yank Barry does a lot more. For example, he works closely with NGOs and locally-based agencies all over the world, in order help the poor, even in those politically unstable areas where few others will even go. In addition to three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, Yank Barry’s philanthropy has brought him many awards in the last couple of decades, from all over the world. His work has also been profiled on CNN, NBC, The Jerusalem Post and many other news outlets worldwide, as well.
It is just impressive that Yank Barry has been such an unqualified success in so many areas. Following almost three decades of success in the music business, he then became a successful entrepreneur, founding and successfully guiding Vitapro as a top executive. However, it was while traveling the world for business that Yank saw people living in the worst conditions imaginable. It was that realization that led him to his third successful career, as a first-class philanthropist.
Because he was so motivated to assist so many people the world had forgotten, Yank Barry has received three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. That should surprise no one. His Global Village Champions Foundation, an initiative to fight global hunger, has thus far provided more than one billion meals to hungry people at every corner of the world. Yank Barry‘s philanthropy is different than most others in his position, in that he doesn’t just donate money and let others do the hard work. Yank and his wife Yvette tend to work on the front lines. For example, for years, they have been helping to rescue refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran. Thousands of people in those areas now lead better lives thanks to Yank Berry. It is in his third career that, perhaps, Yank Barry has experienced his greatest success.
Yank Barry is a successful businessman and musician; you can’t take that away from him. However, there is a lot more to his life, although it was his successful business career that led him to it. While he was traveling the world on business, Yank found himself moved by the terrible conditions that some people were forced to live under. Seeing this changed his heart and started him down a path in which he helps others to the extent possible.
Because Yank Barry has chosen to help so many people the world had forgotten, he is est known these days as a philanthropist. However, his approach involves a lot more than just writing a check and letting someone else do everything. Being a hands-on management type, he, his wife and his friends take a personal approach to helping people, going into some of the most difficult areas and making sure the help goes were it is most needed.
Over its 20 years of existence, the Global Village Champions Foundation, Yank’s global hunger initiative, has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people all over the world. In recent years, thousands of refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran have been helped by Yank Barry’s philanthropy.
It’s as if Yank Barry has led three separate lives. In nearly 30 years in the music industry, he was the lead singer of the Footprints, whose biggest hit was “Never Say Die,” he spent time as lead singer for the touring band, The Kingsmen, who put out one of the most iconic hits in rock and roll, “Louie Louie.” He was also successful as a writer of advertising jingles, including some of the most popular brands of all time.
In his second life, he became a successful businessman, as a food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. However, as he was traveling the world for business, Yank noticed appalling conditions for many people in the world and the sight of such suffering changed everything for him and led to his third life.
His work with numerous charities have brought him three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, primarily because he has chosen to help so many people the world had forgotten. Through his global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation, Yank has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world over the course of two decades.
One interesting aspect of Yank Berry‘s philanthropy is that he and his wife Yvette don’t just give money and have someone else do the hard work. They are on the front lines when it comes to providing aid to people caught in crisis. In recent years, they have focused on helping and saving refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran. Their efforts have helped thousands of refugees escape the violence and volatility caused by groups as lethal as ISIS, providing them with whatever they need to rebuild their lives, including food, a home, medical supplies and anything else they need to rebuild their lives.
During the Syrian and Bulgarian crisis, Yank Barry saved over 1218 people from refugee camps and provided them a new life in Sofia Refugee safe-house. He has also removed hundreds of refugees, families and individuals from war-stricken areas and provided them with a fresh start. Yank Barry has cooperated with the Refugees State Agency president and Bulgaria Council of Ministers to achieve incredible results. Currently, he is recognized as the “Jewish Schindler” due to his endless efforts of helping both Christian and Muslim refugees from extreme terror.
Yank Barry left his home for Israel Kibbutz. His passion for music made his relatives gift him with musical instruments. He used his musical talent for his financial support of Israel. For over 20 years Yank Barry’s life consists of missions geared at saving lives and making a difference around the world. He has continued providing aid to victims of different circumstances. His foundation together with Muhammad Ali helped victims and refugees of the Syrian war who escaped to Bulgaria. Currently, almost 1 billion meals have been supplied to the most innocent and helpless individuals around the globe.