Beyonce Says: ‘Miss a Meal’

Beyonce is asking you to skip a meal, but it’s not the latest fad or celebrity weight-loss scheme. It’s a plea to help feed the hungry in America.

Tina Knowles and daughters Beyonce and Solange are partnering with Bread of Life, Inc. to fight hunger in America. The Miss A Meal fundraising campaign asks us to miss a meal and pass the plate — by donating the cost of the skipped meal. The donation will be used to feed someone who is struggling to keep food on the table.

“When we say, ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles. “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”

  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, in 2011:
  • 50.1 million people lived in food-insecure households
  • 12.1 million adults lived in households with very low food security
  • 8.6 million children lived in food-insecure households in which children, along with adults, were food insecure
  • 845,000 children lived in households with very low food security among children
    (USDA, 2011)

“I was 13 and my sister Solange was eight when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” said Beyonce in a press release. ”There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”

“There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life,” Solange added. “We got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”

Bread of Life, Inc. is a Houston-based non-profit founded by Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus with the idea of providing solutions to the problems of homelessness, unemployment, and hunger. Bread of Life serves up 14,000 meals each month and helps to distribute nine tons of food every Wednesday.

Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.

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Photo (left of page): Tina Knowles Enlists The Help Of Beyonce And Solange To Fight Hunger Through Bread Of Life’s ‘Miss A Meal’ Initiative. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Parkwood, Mason Poole)

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Kelsie Piercey
Kelsi Piercy2 years ago

Miss a single meal to feed someone who is more need of it than me? Sounds like a plan :)

Michael H.
Mike H.2 years ago


Arwen Woods
Arwen Woods2 years ago

Bryna has hit the nail on the head here.

paula eaton
paula eaton2 years ago


Karin J.
Karin J.2 years ago

miss one meal and let someone else consume it - sounds a great idea. but my meals most of times are not that expensive while i could miss one or two much more expensive things (like buying a piece of clothing that i like but don´t really need) and rise the money for more than one meal. i am not that well off, but i think that most people can afford a bit more than is advertised by that campaign.

Deirdre G.
Deirdre G.2 years ago

I prefer to make a regular donation to charity as it is with regular donations that they can make longterm goals and plan more effectively for the future

Deirdre G.
Deirdre G.2 years ago

I agree Bryna. all these stories of her buying her baby golden rattles etc. last year... these people should use some common sense before they open their mouth

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo2 years ago

Beyonce is talented and this is an idea that most people can probably afford to do. I do have one observation to make though. If Beyonce and the rest of the top 1% would pledge to refrain from expensive purchases for one year and donate it to feed the hungry, the money would far surpass the little bit the rest of us can contribute combined. Nevertheless, we will contribute to feed the hungry, but I wish they would make a real effort to eradicate hunger because they have the means to do so. Thank you for the post.

andrew h.
- -.2 years ago


nice idea

"seva cafe" - not neccessarily for hungry has the idea of paying it forward:

"Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads Rs.0 with only this footnote: "Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you."

"All costs and income are made transparent, and 100% of any profits are used to support social service projects!"

*video too on the page is inspirational*

Rika S.
Rika S.2 years ago

Nice initiative!