Jennifer Garner's Passion Is Making Sure Children Everywhere Are Fed

Mar 17, 2017 at 3:46 p.m. ET
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Celebrities, with all their money, power and influence, have real opportunities to make the world a better place. Not all of them take advantage of that, but many do, including Jennifer Garner.

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Garner is no stranger to making emotional pleas to better the world. In 2013, she testified at the California State Assembly Committee, pushing for paparazzi regulations that would make celebs and photographers safer. Now, four years later, she's an ambassador for the charity Save the Children, and she's striving to help feed impoverished kids all over the country.

This week, Garner testified in Washington, D.C., before the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee on behalf of Save the Children, emotionally sharing her experience with mothers whose children rely on federal funding to provide them with food.

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"Mothers come up to me and say, 'Can you help get my child into these programs? Can you just nudge us up in the wait list? Is there anything you could do?'" Garner said. "The thought that I would have to go back to these mothers and say, 'Well, no, there is nothing I can do...' These families know what it is to have this intervention and they know what they're losing when it's gone and I'll have to answer to it, so that is what matters to me, selfishly, sir."

Garner's testimony went on for 25 minutes.

"These children don't vote, they don't make political contributions. Neither do their parents," she said. "Somebody has to tell their story above all the noise. Poverty is silent, but I can't be."

Garner's full testimony can be viewed in the video below, starting at the 1:34 mark.


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