September marks National Hunger Action Month, a time to focus on the food insecurity in our own communities. Feeding America is the largest hunger relief organization in the country. To provide over 37 million Americans with access to nutrition annually, Feeding America relies on the support of caring citizens to fulfill their mission. Learn more about hunger in America and how you can take action.
Get All the Facts About Hunger:
- The Impact of Hunger: Poor nutrition threatens health, early childhood development, and learning capacity.
- Child Hunger: More than 1 in 6 children don’t know where their next meal will come from.
- Rural Hunger: Poverty, unemployment, access, and transportation combine to put many rural households at risk.
- Working Poor: Even working families are often unable to meet their most basic needs.
- Senior Hunger: Low-income seniors frequently go hungry in order to pay for housing, heat, and medicine.
- Statistics: In 2009, 50.2 million Americans didn’t have consistent access to food.
How You Can Help:
- Go Orange on September 6th: Speak out about hunger in America by wearing orange or going orange digitally using your social media profiles. Many hungry American suffer in silence, adding your voice to the cause helps fight the stigma of food insecurity.
- Send a letter: Write your congressmen about passing a Farm Bill that protects hunger initiatives like SNAP.
- Support your local food bank: Find the local Feeding America chapter in your community and do what you can to support their efforts to fight hunger in your neighborhood.
- Virtual Food Drive: Consider contributing to Feeding America through the made in usa challenge Virtual Food Drive. Just $1 provides eight meals for Americans in need. Imagine the difference we could make if we each chipped in whatever we are able.
- Spread the word: Share this information about hunger and hunger action month with your friends and family.
I hope you will join me in the fight against hunger in America. I am trying to take action by making a contribution to Feeding America, volunteering at my local food bank and writing my representatives regarding the Farm Bill. Tomorrow I will show my support for Hunger Action Day by “going orange” and doing what I can to share the message.
What challenges does your community face with hunger? What do you think is the most effective way to fight hunger at home? Do you plan on doing anything special to make a difference for Hunger Action Month?