Hunger Action Month Campaign Aims to Inspire the Public to Get Involved and Raise Awareness of Hunger in America
Tallahassee, FL – Sept. 1, 2021 – For Hunger Action Month® this September, Second Harvest of the Big Bend will join Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make a real and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities, and they are asking for the public’s support.
September marks the 14th year Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, has organized the annual call to action. This year’s campaign presents the impossible choices that millions of Americans must make between food and other basic needs.
“For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “For people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often 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 people achieve long-term food security, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
During the month of September, people across the Big Bend can get involved in the movement by learning, committing, and speaking up about ways to ending hunger.
- Attend Second Harvest’s free lunch & learn series, Food for Thought, on 22, which will feature a roundtable discussion with Second Harvest CEO Monique Van Pelt
- Brown’s Kitchen Knife Sharpening Event; offering knife sharpening for $5 per knife during the month of September with all proceeds benefitting the food bank
- Sign up to volunteer at the food bank at fightinghunger.org/volunteer
- Sign up your family to serve with the food bank on Family Night, Sept. 8, from 6-7 PM
- Celebrate the grand re-opening of our community partner, Lott’s Community Garden, and sign up to volunteer on 11 or 25
- Donate funds to support the food bank at fightinghunger.org/donate-now
- Host a food drive with your business or organization. Learn how at fightinghunger.org/drive
“With tremendous support from our donors, volunteers and community partners, Second Harvest increased food distributions by more than 3.2 million pounds in 2020 to serve our neighbors in crisis,” said Monique Van Pelt, CEO of Second Harvest food bank. “During Hunger Action month, we’re excited to provide many service, educational and social opportunities for our supporters to engage with us and learn more about Second Harvest, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of these events.”
Hunger Action Month is a time to mobilize to end 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 take action by visiting www.hungeractionmonth.org.
Shari Hubbard, APR, Director of Communications
About Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Second Harvest food bank’s mission is to advance change by feeding the hungry and educating and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger. One in four adults and one in three children in the Big Bend face hunger. For more information, please visit www.FightingHunger.org.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.