At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, along with Feeding America, is providing a whole host of activities for you to take part in to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. You can participate in Food Bank activities, including our Family Volunteer Day or our fifth annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event. You can even take action from home by hosting an activity from our Hunger Action Month Toolkit, such as organizing a group discussion about a Hunger related book or film, or writing to a newspaper editor about hunger. We also have a wealth of suggestions on how you can use your social media know-how to contribute, like tweeting about hunger or raising awareness through Facebook. Check out our Hunger Action Month calendar below for suggestions and important dates.
Here’s a few easy actions you can do right now to help support our mission with just one click of your mouse.
Go Orange – Help us kick off our month-long effort to raise awareness in support of hunger-relief. Encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to join you and don your best orange attire! Share how you go orange with us on Facebook or Twitter.
Family Volunteer Day – All ages are welcome to our monthly Family Volunteer Days, where you can learn about the work that we do and support the community. Visitors will chose between a host of activities including educational programs for youth, a tour of our warehouse and a host of volunteer opportunities so that you and your family can join in the fight against hunger.
Will Bike 4 Food – This local ride for a local cause brings together cyclists of all ages and levels as they pedal toward a common destination: a community without hunger. 2015 promises to be the most family-friendly WB4F yet. No matter what your age or experience, there’s a route for you: 3.5 miles—this multi-surface route is great for cyclists of all ages with BMX or mountain bikes, 10 miles—perfect for families with kids and beginners; 25 miles—great for those who are more comfortable with a longer ride; 50 miles—for cyclists who take their rides seriously; 100 miles—this ride is for the experts. Ride as an individual, or form a team with you family, friends and co-workers. Learn more and register here.