Michael Kors was the man of the hour on Tuesday night, when he was honored by the World Food Program for his leadership in fighting world hunger. Olivia Wilde (who’s also heavily involved in world hunger initiatives) was on hand to speak about Kors’ efforts, while Vice President Joe Biden passed him the annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award at the Organization of American States in D.C. Others joined the event to support Kors, including models Cameron Russell, Jessica Hart, and Beverly Johnson.
In 2012, Michael Kors Inc. signed a multi-year partnership agreement with the U.N. World Food Programme to raise awareness and funding; proceeds of the brand’s watches benefit school meals programs in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and Uganda. Since then, 13 million meals have been raised through the “Watch Hunger Stop” campaign. As an ambassador to WFP, Kors personally uses his reach to spread awareness.
“I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this award, and more importantly, to be a part of the incredible work that WFP does day in and day out, all over the world, to help fight hunger,” said Kors in a press statement.
“Michael’s partnership with WFP is helping children in impoverished countries return to and remain in the classroom—simply by providing good nutrition,” said WFP USA board chair Hunter Biden. “Having traveled around the world with WFP and seen the impact of the agency’s school meals program, I know that WFP, thanks to the support of partners like Michael Kors, are removing hunger as a barrier to education.”
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