- Posted April 21, 2014 by
Beverly Hills, California
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Barbara Lazaroff brings awareness to end hunger in the US
Designer and Spago restaurant co-founder Barbara Lazaroff brings attention to ending hunger in the United States.
She gave me insight into why ending hunger was so important, “People think of America as the land of the bounty, but actually there’s 50 million people that live on the verge of hunger in America, Some of them absolutely, not enough nutrition, not enough brain development. 17 million of those people are children and 4 million are the elderly. So you can imagine your own child going to school hungry not being able to concentrate, not proper brain development this impacts the rest of their life in terms of the body growth and mental growth. And then with the elderly, it increases greatly the chance of heart attack, strokes…it’s shocking to know that a great many elderly die not because of sickness but because of malnutrition”
Lazaroff was celebrating the 30th Annual Passover Seder at Spago Beverly Hills with friends and family to benefit Mazon, a national Jewish organization working to end hunger among all people of all faiths and backgrounds. She began the annual event “as a means to bring the Jewish community together on the festive holiday, as well as those of different faiths.”
The Westside Children’s Choir with children from all different backgrounds and faiths sang like a choir of angels. Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Briar - University Synagogue officiated the dinner.
Grammy winner singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester came out to celebrate.
In speaking with Lazaroff, I realized the effects of hunger and how each of us can make a difference in ending hunger here in the United States. Ending hunger starts with each one of us.