Viola Davis Talks About Hunger Is

Viola Davis Talks About Hunger Is


– YOU’RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT
A REALLY– AN AMAZING PROJECT
THAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT. – ABSOLUTELY, THE HUNGER IS
DOT–HUNGER IS CAMPAIGN, THAT THE SAFEWAY FOUNDATION, ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
FOUNDATION, THEY HAVE SET ABOUT TO ERADICATE
CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES, BECAUSE 17 MILLION KIDS
IN THIS COUNTRY– SO ONE IN FIVE KIDS
IN THIS COUNTRY– THEY GO TO BED HUNGRY. I WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS. ‘CAUSE I GREW UP
IN ABJECT POVERTY. I DID EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD
POSSIBLY IMAGINE TO GET FOOD. I RUMMAGED IN THE GARBAGE CANS. I STOLE FROM THE LOCAL STORE
CONSTANTLY. AND IT’S KIND OF LIKE
OUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET, YOU KNOW, IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT THERE ARE KIDS
WHO ACTUALLY ARE HUNGRY. YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED
TO TALK ABOUT THAT IN AMERICA. BUT THE SAFEWAY FOUNDATION, ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
FOUNDATION, IS KIND OF, YOU KNOW,
PICKING UP THE RUG, SWEEPING OUT THAT DIRTY LITTLE
ISSUE THAT WE HAVE, AND THEY’RE SAYING,
“LET’S TACKLE IT. LET’S GET RID OF IT.” IF YOU GO TO HUNGERIS.ORG,
YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO IN ORDER TO HELP THE SITUATION
AT ALL, AND I’M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW,
WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY AS A KID, YOU CAN’T GET AT THE BUSINESS
OF BEING YOU. YOU CAN’T FUNCTION. ANY KIND OF POTENTIAL YOU HAVE
IS JUST SUCKED DRY WHEN YOU’RE JUST THINKING ABOUT
JUST A MEAL. – YEP. – AND, YOU KNOW, AS A KID, YOU’RE NOT GONNA SPEAK UP ABOUT
IT AND SAY, “I’M HUNGRY.” WHO SAYS THAT?
– RIGHT. – THERE’S TOO MUCH SHAME
INVOLVED IN THAT. SO I’VE PARTNERED WITH THEM AND I AM ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED
TO ERADICATING THIS PROBLEM. – GOOD FOR YOU. IT’S RIDICULOUS.
– MM-HMM. – IT’S–WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY.
IT’S CRAZY. WELL, WE WANT TO HELP. OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD NOT HAVE YOU
HERE JUST TO SPEAK ABOUT IT AND NOT CONTRIBUTE. OUR FRIENDS AT SHUTTERFLY WANT
TO GIVE YOU A CHECK FOR $10,000 TOWARDS THAT. [cheers and applause] – THAT’S AWESOME. – AND EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT
HUNGER IS CAMPAIGN, GO TO OUR WEBSITE. EVEN IF YOU ALL– ANYONE WHO GOES TO THE WEBSITE
TO LEARN ABOUT THIS– EVEN IF YOU GIVE A DOLLAR,
OR FIVE DOLLARS OR WHATEVER, IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND–
– YES. – ‘CAUSE THIS IS CRAZY.
WE HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY. THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANYBODY
GOING TO BED HUNGRY IN THIS COUNTRY ESPECIALLY. CRAZY.
THANKS FOR BEING HERE. – THANK YOU, ELLEN. – AND I CAN’T WAIT,
WHEN YOU’RE COMING BACK WITH YOUR TWO ACADEMY AWARDS,
TO TALK ABOUT THIS DAY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. [cheers and applause]

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