Scarlett Johansson Reveals She Grew Up Relying On Public Assistance

Scarlett Johansson teamed up with Feeding America to launch a new PSA, and in an accompanying statement, she reveals that she was one of the millions of American kids who relied on public assistance growing up:

“My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family. Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem but one that together, we can fix. It is my hope that by joining with Feeding America, our awareness of this issue will lead to a solution.”

Johansson has mentioned in the past that her family didn’t have much money when she was kid. According to Feeding America, 1 in 5 American children “lack consistent access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life.” That’s 16 million kids, and you can imagine how much higher the numbers become once you factor in their parents and other adults who are food insecure (a whopping 49 million). We can do a hell of a lot better than that, and it’s fantastic to see Johansson shedding light on the fact that you never know whether the person next to you is struggling with hunger right in front of your eyes, or has in the past. With the Gwyneths of the world sparking widespread discussion of SNAP benefits and other public assistance programs these days, there’s no better time to get real with ourselves about how much perfectly good food is going to waste in this country while so many kids are going without the nutrition they need. Head to Feeding America’s website if you’d like to help.