Meghan Markle has made her first public appearance since revealing she suffered a miscarriage while carrying her and Prince Harry's second child.
The Duchess of Sussex praised 'quiet heroes' who helped feed the hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic in a pre-taped message for a CNN special report.
During the report, she highlighted how hunger surged in America during the coronavirus crisis and how Good Samaritans helped those vulnerable and in need.
"We saw communities standing up and taking action," she said.
"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."
"We have the power to remind someone else that there is hope," she added.
It is the first time Meghan Markle has been seen since she wrote an article for the New York Times revealing she lost her child in July, and described the 'unbearable grief' it caused her and the Duke of Sussex, writes the MailOnline.
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She did not address her own tragic loss during the recorded statement but instead described 2020 as a 'year that has been universally challenging for everyone'.
She then praised those who rose to the occasion during the unprecedented paramedic and fed their hungry neighbours.
"Tonight, we are celebrating these quiet heroes, some of whom I know and others that we applaud from afar," she said.
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Meghan added: "In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I'm inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities. Across the countrry, people have put their own needs aside to come together and support the collective well-being of those around them."
"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 concluded.
Throughout the Covid crisis and Thanksgiving holiday, food banks had long lines of hungry people who lost jobs or didn't have enough food.
Feed America reported they served 4.2billion meals between March and October, a 60% increase due to the pandemic.
In April, Meghan and Harry helped distribute meals for Project Angel Food, a non-profit organisation that prepares and delivers food for those living with critical illnesses.
The pair have worked with a handful charities and organisations in America since making the move from the UK.
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