So, in support of Hunger Action Month, we’re shining the (giving) spotlight on two charities that are doing amazing work in helping to solve hunger in the United States: Feeding America and Move for Hunger.
Did you know? September is Hunger Action Month—a month dedicated to supporting causes that alleviate hunger.
This charity is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, whose network members supply food to more than 37 million low-income Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors—the two age groups that come face-to-face with hunger more frequently than any other age groups.
Using their network of more than 200 local member food banks, Feeding America plays a variety of roles to help alleviate hunger: securing food from local and national manufacturers, raising money, distributing food, fostering local and national policy change and enrolling celebrities to help raise awareness about domestic hunger. It’s this combined local and national approach that’s made this charity so effective in their mission to feed America’s hungry.
Hunger doesn’t just happen in countries outside of the U.S., nor just in inner cities, nor only around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Food insecurity happens throughout the year and throughout most communities. An estimated 17 million children in the U.S. go to bed hungry each night.
Move for Hunger is helping solve this hunger problem with a rather simple solution: when you move, they take the unopened food you’d otherwise throw away, pack it up, and transport it to a local food bank. Now that is the essence of “waste not, want not,” right? The organization so far has partnered with 150 movers in 35 states—and is continuing to grow.
How can YOU get involved?
If you’re interested in keeping up with Hunger Action Month, you can follow the #HungerAction on Twitter (you don’t need a Twitter account). The Hunger Action Month also features local food banks on their site; simply click over and check out a calendar tailored to your location!
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