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Chris Pratt is shining a light on the dire issue of food insecurity in the United States.

The 41-year-old hosted an Instagram Live with Clair Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, and opened up about relying on food banks himself as a child. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession, people are struggling more than ever to keep food on the table and, according to Feeding America, the number of people who are food insecure this year could rise to over 50 million. 

Using his platform: Chris Pratt hosted an Instagram Live with Clair Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, and opened up about relying on food banks himself as a child

Using his platform: Chris Pratt hosted an Instagram Live with Clair Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, and opened up about relying on food banks himself as a child

Using his platform: Chris Pratt hosted an Instagram Live with Clair Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, and opened up about relying on food banks himself as a child

‘I grew up in a small town, we had 7,000 people in our town, and we had some economic hard times, and we had a food bank nearby and I’m not ashamed to say that there were moments when my family would need to eat from a food bank,’ Pratt revealed.

‘There’s no shame in it — especially right now with what we are going through. There is help out there, and you can find that help and get that help, and there’s nothing wrong with needing that help,’ he said.

As a kid, the Guardians of the Galaxy star was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington by his mom, who worked at a grocery store, and dad, who was a miner. 

‘And if you are a person who doesn’t need help, there’s a great feeling in service of helping someone else. It’s a great thing to do this holiday season,’ added Pratt.

'I grew up in a small town, we had 7,000 people in our town, and we had some economic hard times, and we had a food bank nearby and I'm not ashamed to say that there were moments when my family would need to eat from a food bank,' Pratt revealed.

'I grew up in a small town, we had 7,000 people in our town, and we had some economic hard times, and we had a food bank nearby and I'm not ashamed to say that there were moments when my family would need to eat from a food bank,' Pratt revealed.

‘I grew up in a small town, we had 7,000 people in our town, and we had some economic hard times, and we had a food bank nearby and I’m not ashamed to say that there were moments when my family would need to eat from a food bank,’ Pratt revealed.

'There's no shame in it — especially right now with what we are going through. There is help out there, and you can find that help and get that help, and there's nothing wrong with needing that help,' he said.

'There's no shame in it — especially right now with what we are going through. There is help out there, and you can find that help and get that help, and there's nothing wrong with needing that help,' he said.

‘There’s no shame in it — especially right now with what we are going through. There is help out there, and you can find that help and get that help, and there’s nothing wrong with needing that help,’ he said.

In a recent report from Feeding America, the non-profit analyzed data from national to district levels and determined that the number of people with food insecurity could reach over 50 million in 2020 – including 17 million children.  

‘With a combination of this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, we’re looking at food instability for families, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time in this country,’ Pratt said. 

Since his days growing up in Washington – and a brief stint of homelessness in Hawaii – Pratt is now worth an estimated $60 million dollars. 

A deeply faithful man, Pratt uses his platform and his considerable resources to give back and show that it is okay to ask for help. 

Dire: In a recent report from Feeding America, the non-profit analyzed data from national to district levels and determined that the number of people with food insecurity could reach over 50 million in 2020 - including 17 million children

Dire: In a recent report from Feeding America, the non-profit analyzed data from national to district levels and determined that the number of people with food insecurity could reach over 50 million in 2020 - including 17 million children

Dire: In a recent report from Feeding America, the non-profit analyzed data from national to district levels and determined that the number of people with food insecurity could reach over 50 million in 2020 – including 17 million children

'With a combination of this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, we're looking at food instability for families, the likes of which we haven't seen in a very long time in this country,' Pratt said

'With a combination of this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, we're looking at food instability for families, the likes of which we haven't seen in a very long time in this country,' Pratt said

‘With a combination of this pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, we’re looking at food instability for families, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time in this country,’ Pratt said

‘I think a lot of time when we’re illuminating this message and shining a light on this need, we’re saying, ‘How can we get people to help?’ but it’s important to de-stigmatize the idea that if you need help it’s okay to accept it. It is,’ he explained.

Pratt added that people are ‘being called right now to do what we can’ but that he’s hopeful that as a community people will be able to rise above.

Earlier this week filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry stepped up to help the hungry with his annual Thanksgiving giveaway but had underestimated how dire the issue of food insecurity was in the Atlanta area.

Helping hand: Earlier this week filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry stepped up to help the hungry with his annual Thanksgiving giveaway but had underestimated how dire the issue of food insecurity was in the Atlanta area

Helping hand: Earlier this week filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry stepped up to help the hungry with his annual Thanksgiving giveaway but had underestimated how dire the issue of food insecurity was in the Atlanta area

Helping hand: Earlier this week filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry stepped up to help the hungry with his annual Thanksgiving giveaway but had underestimated how dire the issue of food insecurity was in the Atlanta area

Atlanta’s roads were snarled with traffic on Sunday as people waited for up to 16 hours in their cars to claim a free box of Thanksgiving food.

The drive-thru event was supposed to last from 8am to noon but by 10 the 5,000 boxes of food were already gone. 

The donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGiving.  

A Pew survey from September revealed that 25 percent of Americans say they or someone in their household has lost a job since the start of the pandemic, and nearly half of Americans classified as lower income say they have had trouble paying bills and making ends meet.   

Big heart: The drive-thru event was supposed to last from 8am to noon but by 10 the 5,000 boxes of food were already gone. The donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGivingThe donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGiving.

Big heart: The drive-thru event was supposed to last from 8am to noon but by 10 the 5,000 boxes of food were already gone. The donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGivingThe donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGiving.

Big heart: The donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGiving and two hours into the event the 5,000 boxes were gone

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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