Hunger Action Month: The Time to Act is Now
This September, as you plan for fall activities and prepare to send the kids back to school, remember the 1 in 8 kids living in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who don’t know where their next meal is coming from—or if it will come at all.
We’re talking about kids like the hundreds who visited the Mobile Lunch Box this summer, many of whom, as they took their food, admitted that they don’t eat on the days the food truck doesn’t come; or the kids at Maxfield Elementary School, where 100 percent of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, or teenagers like Anna Lambrecht, a student at Minnesota State University – Mankato, who can’t afford the cost of the campus meal program so she relies on the campus pantry and local food shelf to get nutritious food.
While it’s true that our economy is strong overall, hunger persists. Food shelf visits are on the rise in our service area and beyond. While circumstances may be improving for some folks, too many of our neighbors are still struggling to put food on the table. Within the last year, 63 percent of Second Harvest Heartland clients have been forced to choose between paying for housing or food; and 67 percent have had to choose between paying for medicine or food. In the heartland, where food is abundant, this is simply unacceptable.
Time to Act!
September is Hunger Action Month and your opportunity to participate in the fight to end hunger. With your support, we’ll be able to help more people through tough times than ever before.
Here are 3 ways you can make a difference:
- Donate. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland can provide up to three meals for our neighbors in need. Donations made in September will be matched by a group of generous donors, up to $50,000.
- Raise Awareness of hunger in your community by going orange – wear orange, turn your social media profiles orange, adorn your office building, cubicle or home in orange — attending an event like Dalvin Cook’s Cookout & Combine on the eve of Hunger Action Month or Vintner Uncorked on September 27, or by hosting a virtual food drive. Be sure to use hashtags #PlatesForGood #HungerActionMonth.
- Participate in Plates for Good.