More than 13 million kids across the United States will face hunger this year. Today, No Kid Hungry spokesperson Ayesha Curry spoke up on behalf of all of them with virtual testimony in front of Congress's House Rules Committee.
Ayesha, who is an author, philanthropist, television host and mom, also co-founded the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation with her husband Stephen. In her testimony, she focused on the amazing role nutrition programs play in making sure kids get the food they need every day.
“Every missed meal counts for a kid, because an empty stomach that hurts today also hurts their futures,” said Curry. “Families are working so hard to make ends meet. But no mom or dad should have to deal with the pain and stress of wondering how they are going to put enough food on the table for their kids tonight.” She added, “Charities alone cannot fill all the gaps to make plates full and children whole. Congress, kids need your help.”
Since the start of the pandemic, Ayesha’s Oakland-based Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation has helped connect kids to more than 16 million meals. In her role as No Kid Hungry spokesperson, she has also been a strong, vocal supporter of the work to make sure kids everywhere get the food they need to grow up health and strong.
Want to see a true hunger hero in action? Click here to watch her full testimony. And, as Ayesha says, “ While people used to say hunger is a nonpartisan issue – I say we all need to be KID PARTISAN!”