The glitz and glamour of life on the red carpet was undoubtedly far from the mind of Marlee Matlin last Thursday. The Academy Award-winning actress and her 13-year-old daughter Sarah Rose spent the day volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, packing spinach into food distribution bags bound for local senior citizens.
The experience clearly left a lasting impression; Ever since, Marlee has been tweeting about the work being done by the Foodbank, and urging others to get involved. With 1 in 8 Los Angeles residents currently at risk for hunger, the time is now. Marlee notes that “this year the demand for food assistance has gone up 24% in LA county alone,” and in a later tweet writes,
Doing so is easier than you think. The Foodbank’s Skip a Lunch, Feed a Bunch program provides four meals for every dollar donated. Donate $10 — what you’ll probably wind up spending on lunch today — and you provide forty meals. What’s more, thanks to a generous matching grant from the Goodman Family Foundation, a gift of $10 will be matched to provide food for 80 meals.
One lunch for you, or lunch for 80 people in need? For Marlee, the answer is simple. After recently “mediating” a squabble between “12 kids who were arguing what to do with Lemonade stand profits,” Marlee tweets: “After much ado, I decided. DONATE!”
In addition to Sarah, Marlee is mom to Brandon Joseph, 8 ½, Tyler Daniel, turning 7 next month, and Isabelle Jane, 5 ½, with husband Kevin Grandalski.
For more information on the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank or to contribute to the Skip a Lunch, Feed a Bunch program, click here.