Barrymore named UN Ambassador


American actress Drew Barrymore has been named Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations' World Food Program, it was announced Wednesday.

Barrymore, 32, who recently returned from a second trip to Kenya to visit WFP-supported school feeding projects, joins world marathon record-holder Paul Tergat, from Kenya, as an Ambassador Against Hunger.

Barrymore, Tergat and WFP's Executive Director, Josette Sheeran are in Washington this week to raise awareness about school feeding. They are campaigning for the passing of draft legislation in the US Congress that would expand and standardise funding for US-supported school feeding programs.

The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program feeds millions of schoolchildren each year. The pending legislation would increase funding from the current average of $100 million a year, to about $300 million a year within five years.