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John Mellencamp To Receive Humanitarian Award For Work With Farm Community


Charity WhyHunger will honor musician John Mellencamp with its ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for his work with the farm community.

The award will be presented to the singer-songwriter at the 20th Annual Chapin Awards Gala, to be held on June 5 at City Winery in New York.

WhyHunger is a leader in the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world.

Mellencamp, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of many other awards, has used his music to document the "struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way" according to Rolling Stone.

In 1985, he co-founded and organized Farm Aid, a groundbreaking concert to raise awareness and funds to strengthen America's family farmers. He continues to serve on the organization's board of directors.

"From his advocacy to his work with Farm Aid, John has continuously been a voice for promoting sustainable farming practices aimed at supporting farmers and their communities," said Noreen Springstead, executive director of WhyHunger.

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