Most of us often view childhood hunger as a remote tragedy, a phenomenon far away from home.
But here’s a surprising fact: 1 in 5 children face hunger in the United States. That means over 16 million children in our country of abundance don’t have enough food to eat every day.
Celebrity Viola Davis recently opened up about her own battle with childhood hunger. “We had no food,” she said in an interview with Glamour Magazine. “It was like, If you don’t eat it now, it’ll be gone, and you’re going to be hungry for the next — Lord, who knows how long?”
“I was always so hungry and ashamed,” she added. “I couldn’t tap into my potential. I couldn’t get at the business of being me.”
In a video from Conagra below, kids are asked about their most and least favorite food. The answers were lighthearted and carefree, some mentioning creative ways to trash their non-favorite foods. All of these kids stop in their tracks as soon as they hear about the growing issue of childhood hunger in the country. Like most of us, they didn’t know that the problem hit this close to home.
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