September is Hunger Action Month – working together to raise awareness on hunger in America
More than 50 million people in the US face hunger; wear orange to show your support on Sept. 5th
FREDERICKSBURG AREA FOOD BANK, FREDERICKSBURG, VA (Sept. 3, 2013) – Hunger advocates from Fredericksburg and across the country will be wearing orange on September 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.
Starting Sept. 1, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank 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.
Events include food drives, funds drives, wearing orange to work day, changing your Facebook page to orange, businesses across the country lighting up their buildings orange (the symbolic color of hunger), and food packing events at food banks across the country. Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in food bank activities throughout the US and here in our community.
The issue of hunger is of particular importance now when 1 in 6 people in the United States are at risk of hunger. Nationally, there are more than 50 million people who struggle with hunger – including 16.7 million children.
At the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, we are committed to ending child hunger. Through effective and innovative programs we are filing the gaps to ensure that children have access to nutritious food at times when they need it most.
Here in Planning District 16, over 30,000 people struggle with hunger everyday including 36% of our school age children who qualify for free/reduced meals.
“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.”
Among the 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. (Examples include Houston City Hall, Chase Tower in Phoenix, 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, please visit www.fredfood.org or www.hungeractionmonth.org
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank – Serving the 320,000 residents of Planning District 16 which includes the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline and the city of Fredericksburg, as well as neighboring communities. The food bank secures and distributes more than 3.5 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports over 70 local charitable agencies, operating more than 160 programs including emergency shelters, food pantries, Club Kids after school snack programs, Food-4-Kidz Weekend Feeding programs, Kids on the Go Summer Meals programs, Food for Life senior feeding programs, Fresh Connections and soup kitchens. For more information on the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, please visit http://www.fredfood.org
Oya Oliver – President & CEO
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
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