Meghan Markle praises the ‘quiet heroes’ feeding the hungry amid pandemic

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Meghan Markle thanks the ‘quiet heroes’ feeding the hungry during the pandemic in first appearance since revealing her miscarriage and says ‘in the darkest times we have the power to remind someone else that we will be okay’

  • Meghan Markle has praised the ‘quiet heroes’ who helped feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic on CNN Heroes special on Sunday
  • In a pre-taped message she highlighted how hunger surged in the US during the coronavirus crisis and how Good Samaritans helped those in need
  • She praised neighbors who fed children when kids’ lunch programs were paused and those who delivered food to the elderly and immunocompromised  
  • ‘We know the value of food; as nourishment, as a life source…the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug,’ she said

Meghan Markle has praised the ‘quiet heroes’ who helped feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic saying, ‘We have the power to remind someone else that there is hope.’

The Duchess of Sussex appeared on Sunday’s CNN Heroes special to share a pre-taped thank you to the Good Samaritans who fought increasing hunger in the US sparked by the coronavirus crisis.

It was her first public announcement since announcing she suffered a miscarriage in a moving op-ed published last month. 

‘In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I’m inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities. Across the country, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them,’ she said. 

Meghan Markle has praised the ‘quiet heroes’ who helped feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic saying, ‘We have the power to remind someone else that there is hope.’

‘Back in March, the COVID-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight everything seemed to change. For many families, the impact of the pandemic has been catastrophic, and far too many were faced with the heartbreaking question: How am I going to put food on the table for my family?’ she said. 

She highlighted a surge in hunger in the country, sparked by skyrocketing unemployment and the inability for vulnerable populations – like the elderly and at-risk residents – to get enough food for themselves. 

‘But in the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times. We saw the good in people, in our neighbors and in entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while our neighbors went hungry,’ she added.

It was her first public announcement since announcing she suffered a miscarriage in a moving op-ed published last month. Markle and Prince Harry pictured holding their baby Archie in October last year

It was her first public announcement since announcing she suffered a miscarriage in a moving op-ed published last month. Markle and Prince Harry pictured holding their baby Archie in October last year 

In August Harry and Meghan handed out school supplies, clothing and nappies to families in need at a drive-thru event in Los Angeles organised by charity baby2baby

In August Harry and Meghan handed out school supplies, clothing and nappies to families in need at a drive-thru event in Los Angeles organised by charity baby2baby

‘We saw communities standing up and taking action. When kids’ lunch programs came to a halt, we saw our neighbors make sure that those children received the nutrition they need. And when those who are immunocompromised or most vulnerable couldn’t leave their homes, we, as a community, showed up to deliver the food they needed to their doorsteps.

‘We know the value of food; as nourishment, as a life source, and in the moments of crisis, the warmth of a meal can feel as comforting as a much-needed hug – especially in the absence of human contact due to the social distancing we’re all experiencing,’ Markle said.

She praised the volunteers and workers who rose to the occasion and fed their hungry neighbors going through tough times. 

‘These moments reminded so many that they’re cared for. Tonight, we are celebrating these quiet heroes, some of whom I know and others that we applaud from afar. These individuals stood up and made sure the most basic needs of our communities were met. They made sure those around them did not have to suffer in isolation. They nourished their neighbors in more ways than one,’ she said. 

‘And they showed us, all of us, that even in the darkest times, when we come together, we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope, and that we will be okay,’ she added. 

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