Name: Kristen Bell
Hometown: Huntington Woods, Michigan
Most famous for: Playing the lead in the TV series Veronica Mars; appearing in films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Burlesque, Couple’s Retreat, and for being the voice of Anna in Frozen.
How she got connected to food: Her early days as a vegetarian and her love for animals
What she cares about: Treating and caring for animals; eating consciously and protecting the environment through smart food choices, and advocating against hunger
Why she cares about it: In an interview with PETA, Bell said, “I have always been an animal lover. I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with—dogs and cats, for example—from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts!”
What she is doing about it: Teaming up with No Kid Hungry to spread awareness of and combat child hunger; following a conscious diet that respects animals and the environment; and launching a plant-based baby-product line
Alongside celebrities including Jeff Bridges, Bell is currently a Celebrity Ambassador for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign – an effort to end childhood hunger in America. In 2018 she teamed up with the organization and its partner, Scary Momma, to celebrate National School Breakfast Week. Understanding the importance of a healthy and nutritious breakfast, Bell made a surprise visit to the 52nd Street Elementary School in LA to raise awareness of the issue. Earlier in 2016 she narrated Every Kid. Healthy Food. Every Day, a short film about ending child hunger, and she has been known for taking to Twitter to spread the word about the Summer Meals campaign to her 11.2 million followers.
— Kristen Bell (@KristenBell) July 13, 2017
In addition to speaking out against hunger in America, Bell has worked with No Kid Hungry to create an exclusive mug collection with William-Sonoma featuring her own artwork and signature. 30% of the retail price benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry.
Bell has been a vegetarian since she was eleven years old, and in 2012 she became vegan after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives. Though no longer a vegan – she gave it up during her first pregnancy to eat dairy and eggs — she still supports the vegan lifestyle and believes in the cause. “I, personally, very much believe in being a conscientious eater, so when I’m eating dairy and eggs I like to know they’re coming from a place that has humane treatment,” she said in an interview with Today.
In 2019, Bell and her husband Dax Shepard, in partnership with Walmart, founded Hello Bello, which offers a plant-based baby-care product line that focuses on creating environmentally friendly shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, bug repellant, wipes, diapers and other items that are affordably priced between $1.88 and $23.94. “Parents shouldn’t have to choose between what’s good for their baby and good for their budget,” Bell said. “That’s why we couldn’t ask for a better exclusive retail partner than Walmart, who is making it possible for us to offer premium products at a non-premium price.”
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