What do Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, St. Louis, Houston, Tucson, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Los Angeles have in common? Not only is each city host to a Feeding America member food bank, but this spring and early summer, each city will be paid a visit by the band Chickenfoot.
Chickenfoot is a super group featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and front man Sammy Hagar. As part of the A Different Devil Tour, Sammy Hagar will be donating to Feeding America member food banks in the cities of the tour through the Hagar Family Foundation. This is the second year Sammy Hagar has donated to food banks during Chickenfoot's tour.
Motivated by the dismal economy and letters Sammy received from fans about living with unemployment and poverty, Chickenfoot wrote the song "Three and a Half Letters (I Need a Job)." Inspired to do good, Sammy is putting his money where his mouth is and has partnered with Feeding America to encourage his fans to give back to those struggling with hunger and poverty.
Lindsi Gish, Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations at Second Harvest Heartland in St. Paul, MN, picked up the check for her food bank at The Brick in Minneapolis last week and got to spend some time with Sammy. He mentioned that food banks are his "new love" because he's given to a lot of charities in the past that haven't done a good job with his money, but he has learned that food banks are all very efficient.
He then asked Lindsi how many meals $10 provides to hungry Minnesotans. She told him that $10 to Second Harvest Heartland provides 37 meals, and Sammy responded by grabbing Lindsi's face and kissing both cheeks. It sure is rare to find a celebrity so genuinely dedicated to a cause!
At the end of the "Three and a Half Letters (I Need a Job)" music video, there is tag that reads "People from all walks of life are facing hunger. Please help your local food bank." The song features the band reading letters from people who have been out of work and are struggling in this economy. You can view the video here.
Thanks to Sammy Hagar and Chickenfoot for generously donating to Feeding America and food banks within our nationwide network. We truly appreciate your dedication to raising awareness for the nearly 49 million Americans facing hunger.