Yank Barry: Helping Others is Music to His Ears

Yank Barry

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..

Yank Barry Has Lived Three Lives

It is as though Yank Barry’s life has consisted of three distinct chapters. Thankfully, the current chapter is the best one and it seems to just be getting started. The first chapter was exciting; for almost three decades in the music industry, he did nearly everything. He was lead singer for the Footprints, who had a huge his with “Never Say Die,” and he also was the lead singer with the touring band for The Kingsmen, who had one of the most iconic hits in history, “Louie Louie.” As part of that music career, Yank also wrote advertising jingles, including some for the most popular brands of all time.

For his second chapter, Yank Barry was a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro. That company manufactured a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product that was extremely popular. As he was traveling the world on business, however, he saw his motivation for the third chapter of his life, which features Yank as a successful as a philanthropist.

Yank Barry founded and continues to work with Global Village Champions Foundation, an initiative that has thus far served up well over one billion meals to the hungry around the world. Yank also has worked closely with numerous local agencies and NGO’s globally, including some in politically unstable areas where few others bother to even venture into. Yank Barry and his wife Yvette don’t just donate money for grants; they also get their hands dirty and do much of the work themselves. There are very good reasons why Yank has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times and received accolades from all corners of the world.

The Yank Barry Philanthropic Mission

It’s hard to argue that Yank Barry is not a successful businessman, as well as a talented musician. However, that is not all there is. While it seems as if successful business career that led him in that direction, he is also a world class do-gooder. That started when Yank was traveling the world on business and found himself disturbed by the terrible conditions that some people were forced to live under. The sight of such a level of poverty changed his heart and started him down his current path. These days, he helps others as much as possible.

You see, Yank Barry has chosen as his life’s work to help so many people as possible that the rest of the world had forgotten. That is why he is currently best known as a philanthropist. His approach to giving is a lot different than most, in that it involves a lot more than just writing a check and letting someone else do everything. He is a hands-on management type, so he, his wife and his friends have taken a personal approach to helping people. They themselves go into some of the most difficult areas and making sure the help goes were it is most needed.

Yank Barry Fights Poverty

Apparently, nearly three decades in the music business and a career as a successful entrepreneur weren’t enough for Yank Barry. That happened when he was traveling the world as a successful food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, the manufacturer of a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product and he saw a lot of suffering that he felt he could help fix. That led him to create the global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation.

Over the 20-year life of that program, Yank and his wife Yvette, as well as numerous partners like Muhammad Ali and many others have provided an estimated 1 billion meals to hungry people all over the world. They manage to do this by working closely with local agencies and NGOs around the world.

Yank Barry‘s philanthropic style features considerably more than donations of money. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times because he himself travels to difficult areas to provide aid to those living in crisis. Recently, he has helped thousands of refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran escape to a better life.

Yank Berry the Philanthropist

That Yank Barry is a successful musician and businessman only tells a small part of his story. He did spend nearly 30 years in the music industry, as a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and publisher and he later became a successful businessman, as a food entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, makers of a dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement product. However, Yank discovered his true calling when he was traveling the world on business. He noticed that people in many countries were forced to live in appalling conditions, and that is why, these days, he is probably best known as a philanthropist.

Through his global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation, along with his wife Yvette and numerous friends and philanthropic partners such as Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Buzz Aldrin and Gary U.S. Bonds, Yank Barry has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world over the course of two decades. He has worked closely local agencies and NGOs throughout the world to help people in politically unstable areas where few would bother to go.

In addition to being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, Yank’s philanthropic efforts have brought him numerous awards and accolades over couple of decades from all corners of the world, including humanitarian awards from India, Côte D’Ivoire, the Bahamas and Mexico. Just last year, Yank and Yvette Barry received the Childhelp International Achievement Award. His work has also come to the attention of the media and he has been profiled on CNN, NBC, The Jerusalem Post and many other news outlets all over the world.

Yank Gerald Barry

Yank Barry was born in Montreal, Quebec Canada in 1948. He is the eldest of a family of five. The family was one of the first to one to move to Chomedy, a place predominantly occupied by the French Canadian. They were the target of anti-Semitism and hatred. The prejudice experienced helped him develop attitudes to tolerate different opinions and views. His music skills further enabled him to break barriers around him in the 1950's.

Muhammad Ali and Yank embarked on humanitarian work in the mid-1990s. Since then he has received global recognition and various prestigious awards for his work. They include awards from India, Africa, Bulgaria, and Libya. Since establishing Global Village, he has received over 20 international humanitarian awards. Yank Berry personally financed almost all the foreign missions that have provided basic needs such as food for close to 1 billion worldwide including providing medical and hot meals to the victims of Philippines’ typhoon. His help has extended to China, S. Africa, US, Bahamas, and Canada. During the Port-au-Prince earthquake, Yank was the only person who responded to the catastrophe with private funding. He used his private plane to reach out to the needy Haiti orphans several times to help the country. His foundation; Global Village Champions collaborated with the Red Cross, Rotary Club and the Disaster Relief in Haiti to provide assistance to the victims.

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