Even though I’m almost 30 minutes late for our interview (went to the wrong address, whoops!), Ciara greets me with a giant hug and a big, genuine smile. We’re downtown at the Institute of Culinary Education, and the singing-dancing superstar has just finished cooking a gigantic dinner for City Harvest, an organization that provides meals to New Yorkers facing hunger.
Between the warmth of Ciara’s hug, the intoxicating smell of melted butter and freshly baked pie, and the sweet giving-back vibes in the room, it feels like I’ve stumbled onto Thanksgiving in heaven. Except instead of my real mom, I’m suddenly with a mother who does this on a regular basis.
Today, Ciara’s talking about how she’s combining what she loves about motherhood with her power as a superstar by being the spokesperson for Unilever and Feeding America’s #ShareAMeal initiative.
“Being a mom means something like this campaign speaks even deeper to my heart,” says Ciara. “I can’t even think about my son not having a meal, and because of that, I want to be able to use my voice to be able to go out there and make a difference.”
The #ShareAMeal campaign wants to help out the one in every five children who go to bed hungry at night by providing over a million meals this year. “Growing up, I would see all those commercials about childhood hunger in third-world countries, and you’d think it’s only happening there,” says Ciara. “But it’s happening here. Someone in your own neighborhood might be suffering.”