September is Hunger Action Month

By From page A10 | September 01, 2013

By Amanda McCarthy

Summer is coming to an end and children are returning to school. Routines will change as families adjust to new schedules and activities. For kids, going back to school typically means homework, sports and time with friends.

For some parents, it can mean juggling work, new activities, and transportation plans. For others, sending their kids back to school means important access to breakfast and lunch programs that were not available during the summer months.

September is Hunger Action Month and the Food Bank of Yolo County cordially invites you to join us in our effort to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in our community.

Hunger Action Month was created by Feeding America, a national network of Food Banks, to provide a platform for communities to mobilize and take action against hunger. With food insecurity on the rise and higher numbers of children needing assistance, now is the time to get involved. There are more than 35,000 individuals who struggle with hunger in Yolo County. In a region known for its agricultural bounty, let’s work together to address this issue by finding ways to connect food resources and people that need them.

Thursday, Sept. 5, is Hunger Action Day. Show your support by wearing orange! This is an easy way to highlight the issue of hunger and show your support for the Food Bank and its programs. Here are a few other ways that you can get involved and make a difference this September.

* Host a food drive at your work, school or service club — It’s easy! The Food Bank has a food drive kit that will provide step-by-step instruction on getting started and completing your food drive.

* Raise funds for the Food Bank — Think outside of the box to fundraise! Host a bake sale, car wash, lemonade stand, or other event.

* Volunteer time — The Food Bank relies on more than 10,000 hours of volunteer time annually. You can volunteer on your own or with a group to sort and repackage food, help at a distribution, provide administrative support and more.

* Learn about hunger in our community — Schedule a tour at the Food Bank to see first-hand what we are doing to address food insecurity in our County.

* Be an advocate — Help spread the word about the issue of hunger in Yolo County and highlight ways that people can help.

Will you join us this September to take action against hunger in Yolo County? Together, we can fight hunger and make a difference. Contact the Food Bank today to learn more at 530-668-0690.

— Amanda McCarthy is the director of programs for the Food Bank of Yolo County.

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