Scarlett Johansson reveals her family was forced to survive on public assistance meals as she campaigns to end child hunger

Scarlett Johansson has revealed her family used to survive on government handouts.

Before she was earning $20million for her role in The Avengers movies, the 30-year-old's family relied on public assistance for food.

'My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family,' the actress said in a statement.

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Hungry: Scarlett Johansson has revealed her family used to rely on government handouts for food

Hungry: Scarlett Johansson has revealed her family used to rely on government handouts for food

'Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix.'

Born in New York to a Danish-born father and a Jewish mother, Johansson has previously revealed her household had 'little money'.

She was the joint-youngest of five children; she and her twin brother had an older sister, brother, and half-brother.

Appeal: The 30-year old is starring in a series of Feeding America PSAs in which she campaigns to end child hunger

Appeal: The 30-year old is starring in a series of Feeding America PSAs in which she campaigns to end child hunger

Three decades later, she and Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner have become spokespeople for a new awareness campaign for Feeding America.

The two actors star in new PSA's from the charity, in which they point out just how much food goes to waste in the country every day, while vulnerable children go unfed.

'The are 16 million children struggling with hunger in America,' the actress says in the clips. 'That’s one in five daughters, sons, neighbors and classmates who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, yet billions of pounds of good food go to waste every year. It’s time we do something about it. 

Honoured: Scarlett with her mom and grandmother as she received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Honoured: Scarlett with her mom and grandmother as she received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

'Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks that helps provide meals to millions of kids in families in need,' she says, before encouraging viewers to go to feedingamerica.org to help out.

'Together we can solve hunger. Together we're feeding America,' she adds.

Meanwhile in his clip, 44 year-old Renner accepts that child hunger may not be something people immediately associate with the United States.

'As an American, it's hard to hear that we have a serious hunger issue in our country,' he says. 'And as a parent it's even harder to hear one in five of our kids struggles with hunger, especially when billions of pounds of good food are wasted every year.

Renner plays Hawkeye alongside Johansson's Black Widow in Marvel's Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron, which hits cinemas on Friday.  

Partners: Her Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner makes a similar appeal in his own video

Partners: Her Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner makes a similar appeal in his own video

Teaming up: The two actors reunite as Black Widow and Hawkeye for the Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron in cinemas this Friday
Teaming up: The two actors reunite as Black Widow and Hawkeye for the Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron in cinemas this Friday

Teaming up: The two actors reunite as Black Widow and Hawkeye for the Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron in cinemas this Friday

 

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