Nationally recognized as Hunger Action Month, September shines a light on the movement to reduce food insecurity and hunger in our country. Did you know that recent survey data* shows almost 17 million children live in food insecure households? These are kids who don't know where their next meal is coming from or how they will find something to eat when they are not at school.
For many of us, the stark statistic of 1 in 6 people in our country going hungry is incomprehensible, however, it's a way of life many are accustomed to which we are
It's easy to start making a difference though right now - check out 10 ways to fight hunger:
1. Find your local foodbank. Donate food and/or your time to your local food bank, click HERE to find a food bank near you.
2. Organize a food drive. At school, with your Scout troop, team, faith group, you name it, collecting donated food is a top way to fight hunger in your community. VolunteerSpot's free online signup sheets help coordinate donations and reminders. Click here for more info
3. Make a meal for a local homeless shelter. Make it a family affair, connect with your local faith group or nonprofit to find a family shelter and schedule a meal your own family can provide.
4. Go orange. Show solidarity in the fight to end hunger by going orange - turn your facebook cover photo or twitter pic orange and spread the word. Click HERE
5. Get the app. Download the CookingMatters in partnership with NoKidHungry, click HERE.
6. Adovcate. Fight for our government to keep and empower anti-hunger & food assistance programs. More info from FeedingAmerica HERE
7. Spread the word on social media. Find sample tweets, posts and pins from FeedingAmerica HERE and spread awareness.
8. Spark children to action. Alott extra allowance one month and have kids research a local charity that addresses hunger to which they can donate their money.
9. Turn your celebrations into donations. Hosting a party or a family get-together? Encourage attendees to bring 3 non-perishable items to donate and have your kids decorate a box to place at the doorway to collect food.
10. Be aware. The greatest problems facing our communities are those which are ignored. Be aware, be informed and most of all, take action!