September is Hunger Action Month

September 04, 2013 at 11:39 AM

September is Hunger Action Month across the United States and right here in Central New York.  Hunger Action Month is a public call to action on behalf of the increasing number of people in need of food assistance across the county.  In the Food Bank’s eleven county service area of central and northern New York: 1 in 6 people are food insecure – meaning that they do not know where their next meal will come from, 37% of emergency food recipients are children under the age of 18 and 42% of emergency food recipients have had to make the decision between purchasing food and paying for their mortgage, rent or utilities.

People in Central New York can join this public call to action by partnering with Food Bank of Central New York.

  1. Brown Bag Lunch – Instead of purchasing your lunch in the cafeteria or at a local restaurant, brown bag it!  Then donate what you typically spend on lunch to us!
  2. Wear Orange – On Thursday, September 5, we encourage everyone in the community to wear orange to help raise awareness about the issues surrounding hunger.  You can also use this as an opportunity to raise funds for the Food Bank.  Businesses, school, churches and groups can encourage a $1 donation to dress down in orange!
  3. 30 Ways in 30 Days – visit our website for the special 30 ways in 30 days calendar.  This online guide will give you 30 easy ways to help the Food Bank raise awareness about hunger in our community. 
  4. Share our Status – Show your support of the Food Bank to your friends and family buy sharing our Facebook status updates and tweets during the month.  This will help us raise awareness for our hunger-relief work in central and northern New York. 

“Food insecurity affects our local community. You neighbor might be the one who needs to skip a meal to stretch their food resources. Hunger Action Month is a way to create awareness of the local need while allowing you to take action to help eliminate hunger. Please show your support, together we can solve hunger,” stated Kathleen Stress, executive director of Food Bank of CNY.

For more information about Hunger Action Month, please call Liz Occhino at 437-1899 ext. 260.