Nick Cannon Gets in the Giving Spirit and Pays It Forward (PHOTO)

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Nick Cannon has a whole lot going for him right now: He’s a proud new father to twins and has worked his way up the chain in Hollywood to become a real power player. That wasn’t always the case, though.

Back in the day, Cannon used to have to hit local food banks to keep himself and his family fed during his childhood. Now that his fortunes have changed, he’s giving back to the people who once helped him. This weekend, Nick and his pals joined Feeding America and at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to lend a hand and raise spirits for the holiday season, packing up food for local Los Angeles families in need.

How much food? Nick and his friends boxed up enough grub for 7,500 meals — a whopping total of 10,000 pounds of food! Now that’s what we call giving back for the holidays.

The giving spirit seems to be running in the family these days. Over the weekend, Nick’s wife Mariah Carey was in London attending the Noble Gift Gala, which the site describes as “a tribute to those who help support and foster awareness for children & the empowerment of women around the world.”

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