Like most new dads, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what the future will hold for my twins, and what kind of world they’ll live in. I’m extremely thankful that I’ll be able to provide for them, but I realize that right now, a lot of parents in this country are struggling to give their kids even the most basic necessities of life — such as food. I think back to my own childhood, when we sometimes had to visit food banks to get food on our table. I know firsthand what it feels like to have to overcome the feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment and shame and ask for help. It’s one of the hardest things anyone will ever have to face.

That’s why I’ve started working with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief agency. I’m acutely aware that celebrities have the ability to reach a great number of people with any type of messages we want to convey, and I’m choosing to convey a message of hope. A message to the 50 million Americans struggling with hunger that they are not alone, and that needing help is nothing to be ashamed of. As a new father, it is especially heartbreaking to know that 1 in 4 children in this country are not getting enough to eat on a regular basis. Every parent wants the best for their children, and the fact is that kids cannot learn, grow and thrive without proper nutrition.

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