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The current bushfires, which are compounded by human-driven climate change, have left thousands in desperate need of food, water, and necessities. Global Citizen campaigns on the United Nations’ Global Goals, including Goal 2 for zero hunger and Goal 13 for climate action. Join the movement and take action on these issues and more here.

Global pop sensation Lizzo has taken time off from her highly-anticipated Australian tour to pack hampers at a Melbourne food bank for those affected by the current bushfire crisis. 

The “Truth Hurts” singer didn’t promote her visit to the Foodbank Victoria warehouse on her social channels. Still, word spread quickly, as countless other volunteers took to Twitter to praise the album of the year Grammy nominee for her selfless work assembling food packages for thousands of displaced individuals. 

Foodbank, Australia's largest food relief organization, also thanked Lizzo for her generosity on Twitter.

"BeautifulLizzo stopped by our Foodbank Victoria warehouse today to thank our hardworking team and [volunteers] who have been working tirelessly for the past six days,” the organization wrote. “What a star. She even packed hampers for fire-affected regions. Thank you for the support.” 

The food relief charity has urged Australians to step up and volunteer, donate funds, or drop off urgently needed groceries like cereals, tinned food, bottled water, long-life milk, and baby products to Foodbank warehouses. 

The additional assistance, Foodbank says, will allow the organization to continue providing relief to 815,000 in-need Australians each month as well as those suddenly cut off from roads without food due to the fires. 

Already, Foodbank has sent life-saving hampers by sea to Mallacoota, one of the worst-affected towns. 

"Our state is in the grips of a bushfire crisis, and Foodbank Victoria immediately responded, delivering urgent food relief hampers,” Foodbank wrote on its website. “As trucks are regularly restocked and leaving our warehouse to support those in desperate need, we need your support now more than ever before.”

Following her performance at the Sydney Opera House, Lizzo likewise took to social media to urge her followers to educate themselves on the severity of the bushfire crisis. 

"I’m a firm believer in all of us being connected and all of us part of this planet, and a global citizen,” she shared, according to publication Music News. “ You don’t have to be the most intelligent scientist in the world to notice that temperatures have changed.”

She continued: "This isn't a political issue at this point, this is a human issue. The CO2 emissions that are being created by this fire are staggering, and it affects the world. Being over here in Australia has really given me a real-time view into what’s happening with these devastating fires, and for all of my followers, who are mostly American, I just want to say that this is a global crisis. If you don't have the money to donate, carry an awareness. It's so important.” 

Lizzo will continue campaigning against climate change and global hunger when she joins Global Citizen on September 26 for the groundbreaking Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream event.

She will perform alongside some of the best musicians in the world and join inspiring policy makers and speakers in calling on everyday citizens, corporations, governments, and philanthropists to reprioritize efforts to end extreme poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. 

You can find out more about Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream here and how you can help bushfire relief efforts here.


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Lizzo Volunteers at Melbourne Food Bank to Make Hampers for Bushfire Victims

By Madeleine Keck