R&B singer Monica and her husband, basketball star Shannon Brown, joined Ali Landry, Rick Fox, Eliza Dushku and Wilmer Valderrama to help The Cheesecake Factory kick-off Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month with a free-catered lunch for 300 East Los Angeles community members.
The 30-year-old Angel of Mine singer – who is mom to sons Rodney, 6, and Romelo, 3 – opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about raising awareness for this great cause: “I had no idea the amount of people that are starving.” She goes on to talk about the joys of motherhood and teaching her kids, including her stepson, through example.
CBS: Tell us about partnering with The Cheesecake Factory in support of Feeding America and September’s Hunger Action Month. What is this program all about?
M: “It’s just an amazing organization that for one is trying to bring awareness to the fact that there are 50 million Americans that are suffering from hunger. And it’s hard to believe if you’re not aware of it, it’s something that you don’t even think about. But being here today is the beginning of raising the awareness and finding some ways in the community to give back and to really feed some people that aren’t able to have the food that they need for their families.”
CBS: Why is this campaign important to you?
M: “This campaign is so important to me because my husband and I, between the two of us, have three sons and the idea of children not eating and having the things they need just breaks my heart. So today was an important day for me because this is the first time I’ve been able to really be a part of something like this. So Feeding America is now a family to us, and this is hopefully going to be something that raises awareness so more people know. Because I had no idea the amount of people that are starving – no idea.”
CBS: Tell us about your sons: Rodney, 6 and Romelo, 3.
M: “Yes, you know, if they weren’t in school they’d be here today; they really wanted to come today. My oldest is 6 years old and he’s been able to study a lot of different things and learn things about different countries, so he’s become very aware of some of the things that we face as a world all together.
So, I just teach them in different ways and the best way is through example, so them knowing that I’m here today, those will be things that resonate. So when we do our giveaway, my husband and I do our giveaway for Thanksgiving and Christmas, they’ll be able to participate because they won’t be at school. So, you just teach them through example you don’t make it difficult, you know, or too hard to understand. Just lead by example.”
CBS: What is your favorite part of being a mom? What do you find most challenging?
M: “My favorite part of being a mom is that unconditional love that I feel with them. I think it’s hard being in the public eye sometimes because you get a lot of scrutiny and it comes with the territory so I’m not asking that it stop, I just enjoy the fact that when I go home you get that unconditional love. They don’t care what my outfit looks like, they don’t care what your hair looks like, they just want mommy and love. The most challenging part for me is being away. When they’re in school and I’m not there, it hurts. It’s really, really hard.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
M: “Well the latest thing coming for us hopefully this lockout will end and my husband can go back to work, as well as my new album comes out on November 8th that’s called New Life. Just more motivation to keep striving to do what it is you set out to do.”