VISALIA, California.- Visalia Rapper Ray Yung is offering food to anyone all they need to do is come to his apartment to pick it up.
In the last week, Yung converted his spare bedroom into a food pantry stocked with cinnamon rolls, chips, and cereal. 70% of the food was donated from the non-profit Teen Challenge.
Yung said he is doing this to serve God.
“The God I accepted into my heart,” said Yung. “He loves them so I am just doing it to please him and if I can please others in the process that is a bonus.”
In less than a week Yung said over 30 families have reached out for the extra help. Single-mother Sarah Dunn called Yung because she is struggling to provide for her son Christopher.
“It is really hard,” said Dunn. “I don’t know, I just do what I can. This is what I focus on and trying to make a better life for him”
But this wasn’t always Yung’s motive, especially a couple of years ago when his rap career was on the up-and-up. He had performed with several big-name artists including Snoop Dogg, Akon, and Wiz Kalifa.
“I ended up gaining a million views on youtube,” said Yung.
Although Yung had money and fame, something was missing. That all switched after a friend took him to see a Christian Rapper in Bakersfield. He was baptized and decided to stop using profane lyrics and instead, use his platform to help those in need.
“I could not do both. I could not promote sin and love God at the same time,” said Yung.
He started by handing food out to the homeless and now is offering free food to anyone as long as they come to pick up the food.
Yung plans to keep the food pantry up and running and at some point expand into a building. Anyone who would like to donate or pick up food can either reach out to him on Facebook or call his cell phone at 559-736-0258.