Hunger Action Month during September is an opportunity for us to shine a light on efforts to eradicate social and economic inequality. "Hunger stands out as a uniquely solvable problem," states Duke Storen, Commission of the Virginia Department of Social Services. "The resources we need are available, but too many barriers still stand between low-income families and affordable, nutritious foods."
Commissioner Storen says that, in partnership with the Virginia Federation of Food Banks, a series of town hall events have been held across the Commonwealth to hear from community organizations, advocacy groups, local departments of social services, health districts and most importantly, from people who have experienced the devastating effects of hunger. The information learned from the town hall events is helping to create and inform Virginia’s Roadmap to End Hunger. The Roadmap will identify opportunities, highlight success stories, and will include goals and priorities to help eradicate hunger and achieve greater food security in the next five years.
How can you help?
Over 50% of all food programs rely entirely on volunteers. Spending a few hours sorting, packing or stacking food can make a difference for food banks and the families they serve. Click here to find a food bank near you.
Take the pledge:
Feeding America Foodbanks supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Host a food drive or donate regularly.
Orange is recognized as the national color of hunger awareness. On Monday, September 16 participate in "Wear Orange Day."
Download the 2019 Hunger Action Month Calendar and follow along all month long!