Will Rap 4 Food, Inc.
Summary: Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. is a non-profit charity organization founded by Calvin "Pro'Verb" Roberson, whose mission is to shed positive light on the Hip Hop community by empowering, educating, and unifying artists and supporters to raise awareness and contributions in the fight against hunger. Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. seeks to accomplish its mission via grassroots initiatives to include word-of-mouth, social networks, underground art and media, live community performances and benefit concerts, and impromptu acts of charity.
Mission: Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. educates, empowers, and mobilizes the Hip Hop community to be agents of change in the global eradication of hunger through awareness, unity and the powerful influence of art.
Vision: Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. envisions the hip hop community as the most influential agents of change in the fight against hunger.
Hunger is a basic human need that affects our ability to think, learn, work, grow, and live to our fullest potential. Right now, over 640,000 Washington, D.C. Metro area residents are at risk of being hungry; 200,000 of them are children. (U.S. Census American Community Survey 2006-2008)
Hunger’s negative effects impact our community and significantly contribute to the cycle of poverty. With diminished abilities and health due to starvation and consistent access to nutritious food, the hungry miss out on opportunities that could potentially lift them out of poverty. Without the basic need for nourishment met, surviving rather than thriving becomes the priority.
Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. acknowledges art as a powerful social influence. We believe in the fundamental good of humanity, and that given the knowledge and tools, we as a community can make significant, positive change. Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. seeks to unify and mobilize artists as the agents of change in the fight against hunger. Through art, we will raise awareness of the devastating, cyclical impact of hunger in our communities.
Participation in Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. is not limited to rappers or Washington, D.C. Metro area artists. Hip Hop is a global culture with various mediums of expression; we seek to utilize all art forms and promote inclusiveness for the cause.
Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. is an opt-in organization—only those artists and individuals that request participation will be contacted.