Bruce Springsteen has long collected dry goods and money for food banks at his concerts, but not at his current Broadway run. Instead, he's endorsed a t-shirt to help ease hunger in America.
The veteran rock musician's inspirational song "Land of Hope & Dreams" has been turned into a slogan emblazoned on a t-shirt being sold by the Why Hunger organization, as part of their fall Hungerthon initiative.
The red tee features the words "Land of Hope & Dreams" in stylized font across the front as well as Springsteen's autograph along the left sleeve. The limited edition tee is $50 USD.
Formed in 1975 by singer Harry Chapin and radio talk-show host Bill Ayres, Why Hunger is dedicated to eliminating hunger in America and, hopefully, along the way creating economic justice and equal access to nutritious and affordable food.
Why Hunger estimate 41 million Americans, including 13 million children, currently have inadequate access to food.
The organization's Hungerthon radio campaign runs through American Thanksgiving and also features fundraising merchandise, which is where The Boss' new shirt comes in. The Springsteen shirt is also accompanied by "Land of Hope & Dreams" baseball caps, a John Lennon "Imagine" scarf, and various Why Hunger and Chapin-related items.
The Springsteen official Twitter account encouraged people to contribute, saying, "#GiveThanksgiving to those in need by getting an exclusive Bruce Springsteen 'Land of Hope & Dreams' tee or baseball cap to support @whyhunger’s #Hungerthon and help fight for an end to hunger in the U.S."
#GiveThanksgiving to those in need by getting an exclusive Bruce Springsteen “Land of Hope & Dreams” tee or baseball cap to support @whyhunger’s #Hungerthon and help fight for an end to hunger in the U.S. https://t.co/Ymy8f2t6nV pic.twitter.com/oFQulNjJWS— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) November 21, 2017
This is far from the only time Springsteen has used the song "Land of Hope & Dreams" for good. The song was written in 1999 but only officially released in 2012 on Springsteen's Wrecking Ball album. He performed the song at multiple Hurricane Sandy benefit events. The song was also used as the exit music for President Obama's farewell speech in 2017.NEW BALANCE