alt“Semi-Homemade Cooking” host Sandra Lee got teary-eyed as she pushed for support for federal nutrition programs and to end childhood hunger at a Tuesday briefing held by the Food Network and Share Our Strength.

The cooking star, who is dating Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), told the crowd, “I’m the oldest of five children, and if it wasn’t for welfare and food stamps, we wouldn’t have eaten.”

Lee, joined by Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and James McGovern (D-Mass.), apologized for being a “Debbie downer” before saying, “There are very few things in this world that make me cry, and seeing these kids, we have to help them.”