By Stephanie Chan
Nov 08, 2018 @ 11:15 am

Kate Hudson has families on the brain. Just weeks after expanding her own brood with the addition of a baby girl, Rani Rose, the actress took on a new role that will allow her to give a hand to families around the world.

The actress has been appointed the goodwill ambassador of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Rome-based humanitarian organization that delivers food assistance to 80 million people in more than 80 countries each year.

Hudson’s commitment to the agency is no surprise, especially since she’s been a longtime supporter of Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign, which raises funds to fight global hunger. Funds raised from the designer’s campaign has supported WFP’s school meals program.

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In honor of Hudson’s new appointment, Kors threw a swanky soiree Wednesday night at a Spanish-style estate in Beverly Hills after hosting a discussion with Hudson and WFP at UCLA that morning. The evening’s dinner guests included Hudson’s boyfriend and Rani's dad, Danny Fujikawa, her stepdad Kurt Russell as well as Sofia Vergara, Olivia Munn, Rachel Bilson and Nina Dobrev. 

A glowing Hudson, clad in an embellished Michael Kors dress (naturally), described WFP as “one of those organizations where you can actually see how important their work is. It’s a tangible feeling,” she told InStyle.

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Indeed, the 39-year-old star has seen firsthand the assistance that WFP offers to children in need. Last summer, Hudson traveled to Cambodia with WFP and witnessed school meal programs being implemented at several elementary schools.

“I got to meet a local farmer and that was one of the highlights,” said Hudson, reflecting on her trip. “Her farm is quite small, but she provides foods for a couple of different schools. She worked so hard. She invited me into her home, cooked me a banana leaf rice. It was just a very special experience. We talked about how, as a grandmother, she’s able to put all her kids through school and how important that was.”

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Hudson previously noted, “The work of the World Food Programme is so much more than just feeding people, it’s about strengthening families, rebuilding communities, and ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to the food they need to not only survive, but thrive.”

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Having worked with Hudson on his Watch Hunger Stop campaign, Kors believes the actress is the perfect representative for WFP because “she connects with people unbelievably well. She’s got this energy, optimism and compassion.”

For every guest that attended Wednesday’s dinner, Kors donated 200 meals to the WFP on each person’s behalf.

The philanthropic party ended with a performance by legendary singer-songwriter Gladys Knight, who opened with “I've Got to Use My Imagination” before covering Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” and closing the celebration with “Midnight Train to Georgia.”