This September, Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Feeding America network of food banks are joining forces in a nationwide effort to bring an end to hunger and asking the community to join in during Hunger Action Month.
The annual month-long campaign brings attention to the reality that 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children don’t always know where their next meal will come from. It inspires people to get involved in solving the problem that affects the health and success of everyone it touches.
On the Treasure Coast, more than one in seven people struggle with hunger. That includes more than 26,000 children who may not have enough to eat. For each of them, there’s a greater likelihood of health problems and a risky future.
“We all know what it feels like to be hungry – even if for just a few hours or minutes. Can you imagine feeling that painful hollow sensation all the time,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President & CEO. “We work every day to make sure people, especially children, have enough nutritious food to learn, stay healthy, and succeed.”
September will be filled with events and activities focused on raising awareness and getting the Treasure Coast to take action. Local governments are proclaiming September as Hunger Action Month, restaurants are donating through an Eat, Drink & Give program, neighbors are collecting food and donations, and the whole community is turning orange – the symbolic color of hunger. Look for orange buildings, orange lighting, orange-tinted fountains, and orange clothing. Treasure Coast Food Bank offers a month full of ideas for people to get involved through its Hunger Action Month calendar. Download one at stophunger.org/ham.
On Thursday, Sept. 13th, everyone is asked to go orange for hunger in person and on social media and take part in a special Hunger Action Day activity: Share what you couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on a paper plate: “On an empty stomach I can’t _______,” and fill in the blank with something you couldn’t achieve without enough nutrition to thrive. Post your photo to social media using #HungerActionMonth, #FeedTC, and @FeedingAmerica to join the conversation.
Other events benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank this September include:
- Bingo at Tin Roof Bar & Grill – Sept. 6
- Hops Against Hunger, a friendly food drive competition among Vero Beach gathering spots – Sept. 13-15
- Eat, Drink & Give, various Treasure Coast restaurants donate the price of an item for the entire month of September
- Cans for a Cause – Downtown Fort Pierce businesses creating structures from canned food items – Sept 8-30
To learn more about Treasure Coast Food Bank’s events and ways to get involved in Hunger Action Month, please visit www.stophunger.org.
ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.
About Feeding America®
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.