September is almost here, which means it’s time to start gearing up to spread hunger awareness during Hunger Action Month! This is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about hunger and how it impacts our community, as well as to get ideas on how to help in the fight against hunger.
Hunger hits the hardest in our most-vulnerable populations – children and the elderly – and the Food Bank offers many programs to lend a helping hand. Last year, our After-School Nutrition Program distributed 163,889 meals, through our Summer Nutrition Program we distributed more than 200,000 meals and we served, on average, 4,854 children backpacks each week through our Backpack Program. If a child is hungry, they don’t do as well in school, are sick more often and are less likely to graduate from high school than if they received proper nutrition. We believe seniors shouldn’t have to choose between paying for their medications or housing and buying food. Last year through our Commodity Supplemental Food Program, we distributed 29,974 meal boxes to help seniors to stretch their budget each month and keep food on the table.
We can’t solve hunger alone; we need your help! There are many ways to contribute – you can host a food drive, volunteer your time with your friends and family or make a monetary contribution. Share hunger facts with your followers on Twitter (#hungeractionmonth) and follow us on Facebook to see our updates throughout the month. Get featured on our Facebook page! Take a paper plate and write on it what hunger means to you. Take a picture of yourself holding your plate and we will post it up on our Facebook page. Share the post with your friends and encourage them to do the same.
From September 13th until September 19th, members of the Food Bank of Delaware staff will be taking on the SNAP Challenge. The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to get first hand understanding of what it is like to live SNAP benefits by limiting their food budget to the average amount of benefits a SNAP recipient receives – $4.50 a day. Want to participate? Email Matt Talley, our SNAP Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our 30 ways in 30 days calendar for more ideas to engage in the cause. And make sure to wear orange on Thursday, September 5th for Hunger Action Day!
Together we can solve hunger.