When you consider that Yank Barry spent nearly 30 years in the music industry as a jack-of-all-trades, that should be enough for anyone. He was a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher at various times, so that would be enough for most people, but not for Yank. Following a long music career, Yank Barry followed that up by becoming a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, producing a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. That means he succeeded in music and business.
That still wasn’t enough. Yank Barry obviously wanted a third career under his belt. As he was traveling the world for business, he saw many conditions that changed everything for him. People in many parts of the world were living in downright appalling conditions and his heart ached. He wanted to change things for as many people as possible that the world had seemingly forgotten. That is why Yank Barry founded the Global Village Champions Foundation, an international hunger initiative, in 1995. He still runs that organization, along with his wife Yvette and numerous friends and philanthropic partners, including such luminaries as Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Buzz Aldrin and others. So far, Global Village Champions Foundation has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world.
Yank Barry does a lot more than most, in part because he doesn’t just cut checks and make grants and let others do the work. In fact he and his wife Yvette works closely with local agencies and NGOs throughout the world to bring help to people everywhere, but they also put themselves out there on the front lines to help people in crisis..