September is Hunger Action Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of hunger in America and finding solutions within our communities.
In America, 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger and Feeding America has predicted that statistic increasing to 1 in 6 people due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of these people, over 11 million of them are children who may not know where their next meal will come from.
Here’s how you can take action this month to help people in your community and beyond.
1. Help us get milk to those who need it most by making a donation at milklife.com/give. Milk is one of the most requested items at food banks, but on average, Feeding America food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of one gallon of milk per person per year.
2. Brush up on the latest hunger facts so you can debunk the myths. Every county in the United States struggles with food insecurity. By sharing these five myths about hunger, you can help raise awareness of the problem and inspire your friends and family to help. Read and share the Five Myths About Hunger on social media using #HungerActionMonth.
3. Become a regular food bank or food pantry volunteer. Over half of all soup kitchens, food pantries, and meal programs in the Feeding America network rely on volunteer support. Spending a few hours each month volunteering can make an enormous difference for food banks and the families they serve. And it can help you live longer and be happier. Pledge to volunteer at your local food bank.
4. Talk to your children about hunger in America. It is never too early to get involved in the fight to end hunger in your community. Feeding America’s Family Action Plan has fun activities that will help you talk to your child about hunger and age-appropriate ways they can make a difference.
5. Support school meal programs. The School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program provide nutritious meals to students at a low or reduced cost, or sometimes even for free. School meals follow strict standards to ensure that students are receiving the proper nutrients required for optimal health. Learn more about how New England Dairy supports schools in making sustainable changes to the school nutrition environment.
6. Donate or fundraise for Feeding America or your local food bank. Your donation to Feeding America or one of its member food banks keeps hunger relief programs across the country running smoothly. While donating food may seem like the best thing to do to help your local food bank, the Feeding America network of food banks can do even more with a monetary donation. Consider making a one-time or monthly donation in honor of Hunger Action Month.
Additional Reminder: This year, Hunger Action Day is on September 17th. Orange is the color of hunger. Stand together by wearing orange, turning city or town landmarks orange, and by raising our voices across the country on behalf of the millions of people facing hunger.