'American Idol': Past Idols volunteer for 'Idol Gives Back'

american-idol-food-bank.jpgAs part of the ramp-up to "Idol Gives Back," past "American Idol" contestants are volunteering at food banks around the country.

One of the charities receiving the "Idol Gives Back" aid is Feeding America and in addition to donating money, the past Idols are helping with the Feeding America backpack program.

The idea is that children have food during the week when they are in school, but once the weekend comes around, they might be going hungry. These backpacks are filled with nutritious things like apple juice, tuna, milk, mashed potatoes and spaghetti and meatballs. The kids can pick up the backpacks on Fridays and return them on Mondays, then pick them up again the following Friday and so on. Also included in the backpacks are informational packets about nutritional food.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank welcomed Kimberley Locke, Didi Benami, David Hernandez, Amy Adams, Chikezie Eze, Mikalah Gordon, Elliott Yamin, Kevin Covais, LaToya London and Brandon Rogers (see the video below). Other locations around the country welcomed Megan Joy, Gina Glocksen, Amanda Overmyer, Lacey Brown, Bucky Covington, Melinda Doolittle, Bo Bice, Phil Stacey, Mandisa, Blake Lewis, Ace Young Diana DeGarmo, Jorge Nunez, Julia DeMato, RJ Helton, LaKisha Jones, Melissa McGhee, Ruben Studdard and Danny Gokey.

Look for some one-on-one interviews with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank volunteers in the coming days as we get closer to the "Idol Gives Back" charity event on Wednesday, April 21.

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