More than 50 million people in the US face hunger;
wear orange to show your support on Sept.5
Hunger advocates from Indiana and across the country will be wearing orange on Sept. 5 in an effort to raise awareness of the more than 50 million people in the US who face hunger. It’s just one of the many awareness events taking place throughout the month of September in recognition of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month – a month-long campaign to help end hunger in our country.
Staring Sept. 1, the regional food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and other food banks in the Feeding America network, will kick off Hunger Action Month by holding events throughout the country to inspire people to take action to help the millions of people who are food insecure in the United States.
Indiana events include galas, Civic Food Fights, hunger roundtable discussions, motorcycle rides, zombie walks, food drives, and volunteer opportunities at every food bank in our network. Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in food bank activities throughout the US.
“Every day in Indiana, many Hoosiers struggle to put food on the table,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. “Hunger Action Month calls us to do something about it. Whether it’s something easy like wearing orange or changing a Facebook profile, something hands on like volunteering at a food bank or pantry, or something difficult and moving like a SNAP challenge, we ask every Hoosier to stop and think at least once this month about the one in six Hoosiers, and one in four Hoosier children, who don’t know how they’ll get their next meal.”
Here in Indiana, about 16 percent of the population struggles with hunger, including 355,780 children. Overall, more than one million Hoosiers lack access at times to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle.
“It’s a shame that in the ‘land of plenty’ we have neighbors and friends who have to worry about where they will get their next meal,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “By raising awareness and working together, we can solve hunger.”
Events taking place across the country include:
- Hunger Action Day – wear orange to support hunger awareness (Sept. 5)
- Light up for hunger. Buildings around the country will be lighting up orange throughout the month to show their support, including Houston’s City Hall, Chase Tower in Phoenix, and Sundance Square in Ft. Worth, TX.
- Jeff Gordon’s race car will display a “Hunger Action Month” sticker on it during a nationally broadcast (ABC-TV) race at the Richmond International Raceway, thanks to a partnership with AARP Foundation. (Sept. 7)
To learn more about Hunger Action Month and events in your area, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.