For food banks around the country, September is a big deal.
Hunger Action Month is a time for Foodlink and the Feeding America network to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and food insecurity in the United States. More than 48 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, meaning they lack reliable access to a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food. In other words, they may not know when or where they are getting their next meal.
In Foodlink’s 10-county service area, 12.5 percent of the population (1 in 8 people) are considered food insecure. For children, that statistic rises to 1 in 5.
How can you help make a difference and help Foodlink end hunger? You can start by visiting Foodlink’s website for a few recommendations:
- View our Hunger Action Month calendar, “30 Ways in 30 Days” to get ideas on how you can help Foodlink in its mission to end hunger.
- Go Orange! Sept. 8 is Hunger Action Day, when Feeding America’s efforts are intensified for greater community impact. Wear orange and show your support.
- Sign up for a volunteer shift at Foodlink. We rely on thousands of volunteers each year to help us sort donated food and assist with our programs. Lend us the gift of time and spend a few hours with us!
- Donate food or funds. You can even coordinate your own food drive! Here’s how.
- Advocate! Speak out to your local representatives on anti-hunger issues and legislation.
- Spread the word on social media. Join our “empty plate” challenge and share with your friends and followers.
- Learn more about hunger in our region by taking Foodlink’s 10-question Hunger Action Month quiz.
- Attend our annual fundraiser, Festival of Food! This year’s event, which features more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries and more, is Sept. 19 at the City of Rochester Public Market. Get your tickets today!
For more information about Hunger Action Month on a national level, visit HungerActionMonth.org.