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.