For Hunger Action Month this September, Food Finders Food Bank will join Feeding America and other member food banks to inspire people to join the fight to end hunger and raise awareness of people experiencing food insecurity across the United States. Food banks around the country are working to make a real and lasting impact on hunger in their communities, and they are asking for the public’s support.
September marks the 15th year Feeding America has organized the annual call to action. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, with a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including Food Finders, and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs.
This year’s campaign presents the impossible choices that millions of people in America are often forced to make between food and other basic needs.
“Many people may not give a daily meal much thought. For people facing hunger, a daily meal is not as simple,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Instead, it becomes a different type of choice – an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help increase food access for all people, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
During the month of September, people across Food Finders’ service area can get involved by learning, committing, and speaking up about ways to ending hunger. Food Finders is planning the following activities to bring awareness to the issues around food security:
- The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation (includes area Pay Less Supermarkets) register round up benefitting Feeding America food banks – Sept. 1-30
- FFFB Family Volunteer Night (ages 5+) – Sept. 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
- Hunger Hike 2022 – Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.
- The Long Center presents Master Chef Jr. Live – Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
- FFFB Volunteer Appreciation Celebration – Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
Food Finders’ President/CEO Katy Bunder shares a local perspective, “For more than 1 in 8 of our neighbors, these are very real choices they struggle with on a day-to-day basis. Our programs are designed to help alleviate these choices in the short term while working to stabilize lives long term, however it takes the entire community to make this happen.” Bunder adds, “September is Hunger Action Month—a time when we ask the public to come together to raise awareness and inspire action to help people facing the impossible choices of hunger, please join us.”
Hunger Action Month is a time for everyone across the country to collectively act against hunger. You can choose to donate or advocate. You can choose to volunteer or raise awareness. You can choose to help end hunger.
Learn more about how you can join the fight to end hunger by visiting food-finders.org.