For Hunger Action Month® this September, the Food Bank RGV will join Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make an effective and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities and they are asking for the public’s support.
September marks the 14th year Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including Food Bank RGV, and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, has organized the annual call to action. This year’s campaign presents the impossible choices that millions of Americans must make between food and other basic needs.
“For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “For people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It is often an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help people achieve long-term food security, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
During the month of September, people across the RGV can get involved in the movement by learning, committing, and speaking up about ways to ending hunger.
“Every action an individual takes to help the Food Bank RGV makes a great impact in the lives of our neighbors in need”, said Libby Salinas-Saenz, Co-CEO of the Food Bank RGV. “A simple action like sharing a social media post to help us get our message across the RGV or volunteering for a project at the food bank makes a paramount difference in raising awareness about the issue of hunger in the RGV. When a person donates a dollar to the food bank, they help us provide 5 complete and healthy meals with our buying power. No act is ever too small.
Hunger Action Month is a time to mobilize to end hunger. Visit the Food Bank RGV at www.foodbankrgv.com for a calendar with 30 ways to fight hunger during the month of September.