The roots of Yank Barry’s philanthropic journey can be found as he was traveling as an entrepreneur and executive with Vitapro, a manufacturer of dehydrated soy-based meat-replacement products. It was then that he says he discovered that so many people around the world were living in conditions that seemed unbelievably harsh. It was that discovery that compelled him to help.
For more than two decades, Yank Barry has operated a hunger initiative that he founded. The Global Village Champions Foundation, which has a lot of help from a umber of friends and philanthropic partners like Michael Jordan, among others, has provided more than one billion meals to hungry people all over the world so far.
Yank Barry’s approach to philanthropy is a bit different than others, in that he does a lot more than simply send money to others. Yank and his wife Yvette personally go where the problems are and get their hands dirty to help those in crisis. This is no small thing, as many of these places have been abandoned by other groups as too dangerous. For example, over the last few years, he has been focused on helping and saving refugees from war torn Syria, Iraq and Iran, to get them what they need to rebuild their lives.