Chris Pratt has opened up about his struggle with food insecurity while growing up, in a bid to raise awareness about the issue across the US.The Guardians of the Galaxy star, 41, spoke to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, in an Instag…
Chris Pratt has opened up about his struggle with food insecurity while growing up, in a bid to raise awareness about the issue across the US.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star, 41, spoke to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, in an Instagram Live about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted many people who are in need of healthy and nutritious food.
"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," he said to Babineaux-Fontenot.
"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-stigmatise the idea that if you need help it's okay to accept it. It is."
Pratt added that he "grew up in a small town" with only "7,000 people" in population. He revealed that his family had struggled financially in the past and was not ashamed to admit that he would sometimes use the town's local food bank.
"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," 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.
"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."
Pratt grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington State. His mother worked at a grocery store and his father, who passed away in 2014, was a gold miner who later worked in construction.
The Hollywood star briefly studied acting at a local community college before dropping out, then trying a series of odd jobs. In 2014, Pratt recalled how he became homeless while living in Hawaii with a friend.
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"It's a pretty awesome place to be homeless," Pratt told The Independent. "We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food and fishing supplies."
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