September is Hunger Action Month. Hunger IS real. Many people associate hunger with developing countries, but it’s a domestic problem as well. It’s not just in the big metropolitan cities either. It’s in our own suburban backyards. In fact, over 190,000 people turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano a MONTH for help.
So, as a hunger-fighting organization, we realize we need to do more than just provide people with emergency supplemental food. We must be part of building a movement that ends hunger in our society. That is why it is important to us to spread awareness throughout September about Hunger Action Month.
We join Feeding America, the national network of food banks, to encourage people to donate, advocate, volunteer and to turn orange. What does that mean?
For every $1 donated, a food-insecure neighbor can receive two meals. Donations can be made by going to www.foodbankccs.org/hungeractionmonth. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in these 30 days of awareness. As a thank you for donating, we are offering car magnets that let others know that you are a Food Bank supporter.
We encourage people to follow the Food Bank @foodbankccs and share our posts to help spread the word about local hunger.
We especially need volunteers in our Fairfield warehouse. Visit www.foodbankccs.org/volunteer to sign up for a shift.
We want people to make a bold statement by wearing orange, the official color of hunger, throughout the month of September.
Through the years, we’ve seen this movement grow, but there is a lot of work still to be done. Producing positive change is difficult and takes time, but we know it can be done. Civil rights, women’s rights and educating people about the health dangers associated with smoking (just to name a few cases where laws and people’s perception shifted) did not happen overnight.
In a society as rich as ours that has enormous agricultural resources, there is no reason anyone should be hungry. We ask you to take action during Hunger Action Month so we can help our neighbors reach their full potential.
The author is executive director of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, based in Concord. Email: [email protected]