Saturday, September 7, 2013

September is Hunger Action Month

During the month of September people and communities are encouraged to fight hunger, be it by advocacy, fund raising or volunteering.  Even in the world's breadbasket 1 in 10 people are food insecure. That figure is as high at 1 in 6 of our region's children. This means families are missing meals and might have to make the difficult decision as to whether to pay for food or their electric bill, food or their rent, food or their medication.  Hard choices!

Second Harvest Heartland West staff
One way in which people are drawing attention to this issue is to wear orange. Another great way to develop hunger awareness is by taking the SNAP challenge, and living on a food budget of just $4.50 per day.

Locally Bremer Bank is doing a "Double Down Challenge; donating $5 for every hour people volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland's food bank, up to $50,000. Many volunteer shifts are available and can be easily accessed through the volunteer opportunities website.

More information is available from Second Harvest Heartland's website.

PS  An article, Food insecruity, in today's StarTribune notes that at some point during 2012 there were 49 million Americans who didn't know where their next meals would come from.

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