FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SAID, “ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU – ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY.”
WHILE THE PEOPLE ARE RELYING ON OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT IS RELYING ON THE PEOPLE. THE DOOR DOES NOT SWING BOTH WAYS AND ONE HAS TO GIVE."
(Aplolla Asteria - Public Relations Director feeding the homeless in her spare time. Picture taken pre-pandemic)
Using entertainment as a solution to America’s need, benefit concerts have long been a solution to natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, as well as unforeseen events or post war humanitarian relief.
Why do we not use these same concepts to promote benefit concerts to provide such relief for dwindling shelters, food pantries and transitional housing that are being shut down due to insufficient funding from the government? Hunger Aid will H.E.L.P. in the relief of homeless and low income families in America by Healing Every Living Person!
The increasing demand for new relief efforts such as Hunger Aid can be shown through statistics provided by HUD and organizations like Feeding America. In 2015, Southern California at its highest state rating out of the five states accounting for half of the nation’s total homeless population, California, New York, Florida, Texas and Georgia, HUD reported “San Diego County" alone had more homeless people than that found in many larger metro areas. When the Coved-19 Pandemic hit in early 2020, the number of homeless are growing everyday. This is unacceptable!
With proficient evidence provided by HUD and Feeding America, Hunger Aid has a broad forecast of different industries and organizations that are in an increasing demand for funding. Using "Major Independents," to produce Hunger Aid events, the following organizations will benefit most from Hunger Aid: (a) Shelters and organizations that provide a safe, warm bed; (b) Transitional housings that have taken on the social responsibility of providing working experience, food, shelter and H.E.L.P. searching for new employment; (c) Food pantries that serve the homeless and low income families on a weekly basis.
Shelters/Organizations in need of assistance such as, but not limited to, Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) has reported an average of 30-40 percent of the homeless in San Diego are veterans. VVSD organization provides shelter and services to more than 2,000 military veterans and further extend a Continuum of Care with a full range of comprehensive and innovative services for military veterans like Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Aftercare. VVSD routinely exceed the resources at disposal. The San Diego County veterans make up 25 to 35 percent of homeless in the region. Hunger Aid will establish accounts specifically dedicated to Shelters, available on request per organization.
The First Baptist Church of North Miami Food Pantry was the first place Joseph Bourgeois sparked the idea of Hunger Aid. The first Hunger Aid took place on Sunday, February, 23, 2014 at Quapaw Casino & Resort located in Miami, Oklahoma (pronounced "My'am Uh").
Food pantries provide food to the homeless and low income families. Hunger Aid is projected to generate enough revenue to H.E.L.P. donate funds to some of these organizations to extend and continue services. Witnessing the success of Hunger Aid and its ability to H.E.L.P. the local community of North Miami Oklahoma and surrounding community's, Joseph Bourgeois has been motivated to do another event.
The statistics provided by HUD and Feeding America has given Hunger Aid the knowledge needed to determine which cities would be impacted the most by the Hunger Aid Foundation and create a ripple across the nation for the need of more Hunger Aid events.
After research and collaborating with a representative for the Local No. 122, and Stadium Manager for then QUALCOMM Stadium in March 2015, Major Independents is able to predict percentages and potential revenue for Hunger Aid being held at a Stadium.
With this graphical estimate Major Independents can present select information to different organizations and potential sponsors to maximize sponsorship for Hunger Aid projects in each community. With enough contribution from multiple organizations for sponsorship and donation from the local community, Hunger Aid has become more than just a one-time benefit concert, but a nonprofit organization dedicated to using every part of entertainment to aid in America’s need, by creating jobs, generating tax revenue, and donating money into local communities. All through the power of entertainment.With statistics provided by HUD and Feeding America each year, Major Independents will establish multiple events in different cities leading to one main Hunger Aid event by creating a one year strategy plan that creatively uses sponsorship's for investment. Staying committed to the region and creating accounts specifically designated to their community until depletion, Hunger Aid was created and developed for the people, to establish not only financial assistance to communities, but to boost local moral for individuals being helped. Hunger Aid will H.E.L.P. to promote growth among our American culture as We Stand United. Hunger Aid was created to fight hunger by using the power of music and entertainment to raise funds to H.E.L.P. those in need. Doing this is our way of making a difference to H.E.L.P. aid the homeless and low income families in America. Hunger Aid will H.E.L.P. generate job opportunities, tax revenue and new ideas at the same time providing funding to H.E.L.P. benefit shelters, transitional housing, and food pantries for homeless and low income families.