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    Oscar nominee Viola Davis says she was always ashamed to talk about her childhood.

    I was one of those kids who grew up hungry. Im 48 years old now, and its only been recently that I can admit that I would jump in trash bins looking for food and I would steal from the corner store because I was hungry, Davis says in this weeks issue of PEOPLE. I would fall asleep in school on a daily basis because we had nothing.
    Growing up in Central Falls, R.I., Davis says she never had friends over because my house was a condemned building it was boarded up and infested with rats.

    Now partnering with the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Davis is spearheading the campaign for Hunger Is to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger.
    We have an image of hunger that comes from Africa, but this is America, Davis adds. And unless your belly is distended we dont have an image of what hunger looks like here.
    Food programs like Hunger Is were instrumental in helping Davis achieve her dreams and goals. I am the first generation of my family to go to college. Those programs made all the difference for me, says the actress, who has five siblings. Its been cathartic for me because I always had a lot of shame with going in the garbage dumps that had maggots in it, too. It has brought healing in my life to be able to talk about it.

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    I love Viola. I had no idea she was so poor growing up.
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    That is so sad! Wonderful that she is doing great and has no financial worries or food insecurity now.
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    'I had to get rid of the kid. The cat was allergic.'

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    things were very different back in the day, not a lot of places to get help

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