Christina named WFP hunger ambassador

Updated: May 08, 2010, 18:26 PM IST

Los Angeles: Grammy-award winning singer Christina Aguilera was named an ambassador against hunger on Friday by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), and said that having a child of her own had pushed her into action.

"A child dies every 6 seconds of hunger, which is a huge statistic for me," Aguilera told Oprah Winfrey, announcing her appointment on Winfrey`s popular TV talk show.

"After having my own child, I just had to be a part of it and do something about it and help change that situation," she said.

Aguilera, 29, whose hit songs include "Beautiful" and "Genie in a Bottle", has a two-year-old son with her music executive husband Jordan Bratman.

Last year, she traveled to Guatemala to see WFP`s programs for maternal and child health programs, and in January she took part in the "Hope for Haiti" celebrity telethon that raised more than $60 million for earthquake disaster relief.

Aguilera described her work with WFP as a life-changing experience and said she plans to go to Haiti soon: "I want to check on the situation there and help to deliver food. I want to visit orphanages and schools there and try to do my part in helping."

Josette Sheeran, executive director of WFP, said Aguilera had a passion and dedication to hungry children that "will make her a wonderful champion in the fight against hunger.

Bureau Report