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Chris Pratt says he understands the plight of struggling families over the holidays because he grew up poor.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star sat down with Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, during a recent Instagram Live and revealed he is one celebrity who can understand how poverty can crush a family.

He revealed his parents relied on food banks, especially at Christmas time.

"I grew up in a small town and we had 7,000 people in our town, and we had some economic hard times, and we had a food bank nearby and I'm not ashamed to say that there were moments when my family would need to eat from a food bank," Chris shared. "There's no shame in it, especially right now with what we are going through. There is help out there, and you can find that help and get that help, and there's nothing wrong with needing that help.

"And if you are a person who doesn't need help, there's a great feeling in service of helping someone else. It's a great thing to do this holiday season."

Pratt then encouraged fans to support Feeding America and make donations, adding, "I think a lot of time when we're illuminating this message and shining a light on this need, we're saying, 'How can we get people to help?' but it's important to de-stigmatise the idea that if you need help it's OK to accept it."



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