Actor Terrence J (Jenkins) got a little emotional when he spoke to a showbiz cheat sheet about food insecurity and how the Boys and Girls Club of America changed his life. He said he might be in a different place today if it weren’t for the mentors he met along the way. He also understands the concerns that millions of children are currently experiencing as they do not know when they will get their next meal or not.
Terrence J is passionate about food insecurity
Jenkins said he is concerned about the millions of children who do not have access to food. “Food insecurity is a big problem in our country,” ex-E! The news host commented. “The pandemic really exposed it for me, seeing so many kids, you know, were counting on that lunch. And now he has to be taken because now they are at home. And realizing that 14 million sleep through the night in our country, it’s not sure where that meal will be in the morning. This is shocking. And we are a country that prides itself on having the best, most resources in the world.”
“I couldn’t sleep at night knowing that, you know, there are nine million people in New York City and you can replace all those people with a kid who doesn’t know where they’re going to eat tomorrow,” he said. “And it’s something we all take for granted. I wake up every day and I’m like, you know, what am I going to eat today?
“Some kids who wake up don’t have that protection, right? Over and over again, I get a little emotional about it.”
Maytag is solving the problem of food insecurity
Jenkins pursues her passion through a partnership with Maytag. “So that’s why this program means something to me, Maytag is a brand that we all rely on,” he said. “We all have a Maytag fridge. They’ve been working with the Boys & Girls Club for less than 20 years. So for me, it was important to join forces with a company that wasn’t just jumping on the bandwagon. So Maytag and Boys and Girls Club changed my life. I grew up inside and outside Boys and Girls Club.”
Maytag refrigerators will be placed in select BGCA clubs in underserved communities across the country. According to a release, the Maytag Feel Good Fridge program will help provide reliable access to healthy food for the club’s children and their families.
The Boys & Girls Club has a special place in Jenkins’ heart. “That was where I went after school,” he shared. “That was the time of day when my parents were off from work. 2:30 The bell rings, that’s a difference of four hours, five hours. I’m playing basketball instead of being on the streets. I am learning to swim instead of taking drugs.” He further added, “Instead of engaging in wrong activities in my neighbourhood, they are teaching me. I had a drama teacher there. So these things changed my life. And so all these things have come together for me now. And this, you know, it’s something I’m really excited to talk about again on this front.”
The Boys and Girls Club gives Terence J his acting debut
Jenkins recently won the Oscar for the short film two distant strangers. He remembered that he made his acting debut in Boys & Girls Club.
“I’ve been talking with my mom a lot,” he said. “We were laughing and joking. I had the privilege of winning an Oscar last year. And she was saying, ‘You remember the first time you did something in a play when I was in the Boys and Girls Club.’ And you totally forget these things until your mom sharpens your memory. But awesome man, I remember some of those little plays and some of those little improvisations and some of them Little activities. And that’s where it started, you know? And so in school, I’m doing my math class, my social studies, my English. The boys and girls club where I went to be an artist. That to the outlet.”
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