Lori Loughlin seemingly revealed how she coped in the wake of the college admissions scandal while talking about working with charity Project Angel Food this weekend.
Nearly four years after she was indicted amid the college admissions scandal, Loughlin appeared on Project Angel Food’s “Lead with Love 3” telethon Saturday night, where she praised the inclusivity of the Los Angeles-based organization.
“It is a community, it is a family, and all the people that work here are so wonderful,” the “Full House” alum said, according to Us Weekly. “They have welcomed me with such open arms at a time when I was feeling particularly down and broken. That’s how I found a home here, and that’s what I feel like they did for me, and that’s why I’m so proud to be here and working with this organization, because they really do care. It’s really a community.”
She added, “It’s more than just feeding people, it’s about loving people and helping people. And I think, that is so important, and I am so proud to be a part of Project Angel Food.”
Loughlin appeared on the benefit’s broadcast, which was televised via Los Angeles’ KTLA 5 station, to help the organization raise awareness in combatting food insecurity in the area.
The actress said she has been volunteering to help the organization deliver meals to people in need for a year and a half now, which she describes as “one of the most rewarding experiences of [her] life.”
In addition to helping pack food, Loughlin said her “favorite” activity was delivering food once a week as it has allowed her to “make that connection” with people, many of whom are unable to leave their homes.
This marked the first time Loughlin had publicly addressed her involvement in the scandal, according to Us Weekly.
In 2020, the “When Hope Calls” star and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, 57, pled guilty to fraud charges in connection to allegations that they paid bribes worth more than $500,000 to help their daughters — Olivia Jade Giannulli, 22, and Bella Giannulli, 23, — secure admission to the University of Southern California as fake crew team recruits.
Loughlin served two months in prison and was released in December 2020. She was also asked to pay a $150,000 fine and do 100 hours of community service. The actress is still under two-year supervised release.
Her husband was sentenced to five months of imprisonment and had to pay a $250,000 fine and do 250 hours of service.
During sentencing, Loughlin expressed her regrets over the incident, admitting that she made an “awful decision” and that her move to ensure her children’s admission “exacerbate[d] existing inequalities in society, generally and the higher education system.”
“That realization weighs heavily on me and while I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward. I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption,” she told the judge at the time. “Your Honor, I’m truly, deeply and profoundly sorry and I’m ready to accept the consequences and make amends. Thank you for your time.”
Following her release, she returned to acting with an appearance in the “When Calls The Heart” spinoff, “When Hope Calls.”
Loughlin completed her 100 hours of court-order community service in February 2021 but remained focused on her volunteer efforts with Project Angel Food.