The holidays are a time of joy and fun, but they’re also a time in which we can still help those in need. Times can be tough for a lot of people, especially when we’re living in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, many must deal with a lack of access to food, and Marvel and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt can relate to their situations. While helping to promote Feeding America, the actor got candid about his family’s reliance on food banks when he was a child.
During an Instagram Live interview, Chris Pratt spoke with Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot about the organization’s efforts and encouraged fans to donate. One of the things Pratt and Babineaux-Fontenot also discussed is the fact that man people who seek out help from Feeding America have never done so before. The company estimates that 40% of people who are receiving help have never reached out before. With this in mind, it can be difficult for some to seek out assistance for the first time and Pratt stressed that it’s OK to ask for help:
From here, the actor began to open up about growing up in a small town that experienced its fair share of economic problems. This led Pratt’s family to utilize food banks for their meals:
Pratt later continued to appeal to those who don’t need help by asking them to be of service. The actor specifically pointed to this coming season as a time to lend a hand:
I honestly think that just about anyone would agree with Chris Pratt’s sentiments. Even when people are going through hard times, it’s not easy for some to speak out when they’re in need of support. There is a stigma that surrounds the concept of asking for help and, hopefully, the public, along with organizations like Feeding America, can come together to help break it.
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