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

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 and shared a thank you message to the Good Samaritans who fought increasing hunger in the US sparked by the coronavirus crisis.

It was her first public announcement since revealing she suffered a miscarriage over the summer in a moving article published last month. 

In her heartfelt message she praised neighbors who fed children when kids’ lunch programs were paused and volunteers who delivered food to the elderly and immunocompromised, saying a warm meal is ‘as comforting as a much-needed hug’. 

The mother-of-one and her husband Prince Harry have volunteered with several organizations dedicated to combating hunger in the Los Angeles area throughout the pandemic. 

‘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 in the pre-taped message. 

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 safely 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.

'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 said in a pre-taped message that aired on Sunday's CNN Heroes special

Markle has been seen volunteering with several organizations dedicated to combating hunger in LA in the pandemic

‘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 said in a pre-taped message that aired on Sunday’s CNN Heroes special

It was her first public announcement since revealing she suffered a miscarriage in a candid article published last month. Markle and Prince Harry pictured holding their baby Archie in October last year

It was her first public announcement since revealing she suffered a miscarriage in a candid article published last month. Markle and Prince Harry pictured holding their baby Archie in October last year 

‘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,’ she said. 

‘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,’ the former Suits actress added. 

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

The couple volunteered at charity Baby2Baby, which provides basic necessities for families in need, on August 19. Pictured, Prince Harry handing supplies through vehicle windows

The couple volunteered at charity Baby2Baby, which provides basic necessities for families in need, on August 19. Pictured, Prince Harry handing supplies through vehicle windows

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen in LA wearing masks as they deliver meals with Project Angel Food to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 17

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen in LA wearing masks as they deliver meals with Project Angel Food to residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 17

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.  

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, pictured in June with former gang members at a bakery in Los Angeles to volunteer and make food for the elderly in the area

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, pictured in June with former gang members at a bakery in Los Angeles to volunteer and make food for the elderly in the area 

The Duchess of Sussex, who had previously taken part in workshops with the organization as a teenager, pictured packing food boxes

The Duchess of Sussex, who had previously taken part in workshops with the organization as a teenager, pictured packing food boxes

Markle and Prince Harry share a 19-month-old son named Archie.

Since leaving the UK to return to her home state of California, Markle has volunteered with several local organizations.

In April she and Harry helped distribute meals for Project Angel Food, a non-profit that prepares and delivers meals to people living with critical illnesses who face greater risks during the pandemic.

In June the couple worked with Homeboy Industries, a community social justice organization that helps the formerly incarcerated and former gang members. They joined the group’s participants working in a café and bakery and helped them make food for the #FeedHOPE program which distributes meals to seniors and youth who face food insecurity sparked by the pandemic.

The couple helped bake bread, fold dough and organize food boxes for distribution.  

Then in August the couple handed out boxes of supplies, clothes and diapers at a drive-thru event with Baby2baby, a non-profit dedicated to helping families in need. 

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