He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, but that’s only part of the story when it comes to Yank Barry‘s philanthropic efforts. The fact is, his hands-on work for the poor has brought him many other awards and accolades 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.
He has been at this since 1995, when he created his global hunger initiative, Global Village Champions Foundation. So far, over the course of two decades, that organization has served more than one billion meals to hungry people throughout the world. Yank Barry’s philanthropy doesn’t just involve writing checks and letting others do the hard work. He and his wife Yvette actually place themselves on the front lines when they aid people caught in crisis, getting their hands dirty when they provide food, shelter, medical supplies or whatever else they need to rebuild their lives.