SOURCE: Music World Entertainment

August 23, 2007 10:08 ET

The Beyoncé Experience Tour Offers Food Drives in Conjunction With Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and the Survivor Foundation

Food Drive to Be Held at Beyoncé's Concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé announced today that she is supporting her minister and friend Pastor Rudy Rasmus, America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network and the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank by sponsoring a pre-concert food donation drive as part of her Beyoncé Experience Tour at the Staples Center (111 S. Figueroa Street) on Sunday, September 2nd in Los Angeles, CA. The Food Drive has traveled to four major cities (Houston, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Chicago) and the total pounds of food collected thus far is 10,163 lbs, over 5 tons of food and total cash donations of $3,799.01, that equate to nearly 16 thousand meals.

Los Angeles will be the last stop for the Beyoncé Experience Tour Food Drive and the first 1,000 fans to drop off a minimum of 3 non-perishable food items or donate $5.00 or more will receive an autographed photo of Beyoncé and a raffle ticket for a chance to have their seat upgraded. The Food Drive is also open to the public (those not attending the concert) who can drop off food at the Staples Center locations as well, for the opportunity to receive an autographed photo of Beyoncé.

The food drive will be held inside the Staples Center entrances from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, so that as many donations as possible can be collected to help feed people in the LA area. Food Bank volunteers will staff the entry gates at the Staples Center so everyone attending her Experience Tour can make a donation.

Beyoncé says, "Hunger affects every community in the United States. So I'm using my Tour and Survivor Foundation to bring attention to domestic hunger. I'm joining forces with Pastor Rudy and America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network to fight hunger."

Statistics show that hunger hits families where both parents are working but struggle to make ends meet; hunger affects seniors who find themselves with limited access to transportation and food; and hunger affects more than 12 million children who may not know where they will find their next meal.

Beyoncé grew up attending St. John's Church with Pastor Rudy, where she learned at a young age the importance of reaching out and helping those who are less fortunate. It's that upbringing that spurred the birth of her Survivor Foundation.

Pastor Rudy is an urban prophet. He is the author of a new book titled "Touch: The Power of Touch in Transforming Lives" which profiles his unique brand of faith sharing and radical hospitality and a new music project (the book's sound track) titled "The Pastor Rudy Experience." "I am committed to touching and changing the world... one life at time," Pastor Rudy says.

"Reaching out and touching lives is incredibly empowering. That's why I want my fans to experience more than my music this summer. I want them to experience the joy of making a difference by helping someone else," said Beyoncé.

                      Houston, TX - July 14
                        Atlanta - July 20
                     Washington, DC - August 9
                       Chicago - August 18
                   Los Angeles, CA. - September 2

*For Complete Listing of The Beyoncé Experience Tour Dates visit

Beyoncé continues, "I want my tour and Survivor Foundation to encourage people to get involved in the fight against domestic hunger, Pastor Rudy's ongoing mission to help the least among us, and the work of America's Second Harvest. Any help -- donating time, money or food -- will make an enormous difference."

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Please bring a can, box or jar of food -- no glass please -- to the Staples Center on Sunday, September 2nd, between 2:00 - 8:00 PM. Help feed your less fortunate neighbors in the LA area.

The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that has been serving the disadvantaged of our community for 33 years. They are at the heart of a charitable food distribution network that includes over 1,000 charities in Los Angeles County. A voluntary board of directors provides guidance and oversight for Foodbank activities. Their vision is that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County. For more information on hunger in the Los Angeles Area and ways to help, please visit

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