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Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, a member of Feeding America, joins with our member agencies and hundreds of food banks across the country to ask all Americans to take action against hunger.

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 second annual Family Volunteer Day or our fourth 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.

Take Action

Here’s a few easy actions you can do right now to help support our mission with just one click of your mouse.

Follow along with our
30 Ways in 30 Days calendar.

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Follow along with our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar and find one small thing you can do each day to fight hunger in Western Massachusetts
  3. Sign up for our Monthly E-Newsletter by entering your email address in the small box on the left side of this page.
  4. Donate to the Food Bank
  5. Bookmark our Blog
  6. Download one of the item from our HAM Tookit for instructions on how to make an even greater impact as part of Hunger Action Month.
Ham Toolkit
  1. Food Drive Toolkit
  2. HAM 2014 Picture Book List for Children
  3. HAM 2014 Suggested Reading List for Adults
  4. How To:  A Letter to An Editor

 

Become a hunger action hero

During Hunger Action Month, you can begin to take action to raise awareness of food insecurity issues and reduce hunger in your community. By following the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar, you have the opportunity to become a hunger action hero. The Food Bank would like to reward you for taking action this month. By simply completing a minimum of 5 actions, you’ll receive a Food Bank tee shirt.

How it works:

  • 1) Begin by either signing up to receive our e-mail updates (in the space on the left column of this web page), or sharing any one of our social media posts to your own social media network. By sharing a post, you have the ability to raise awareness of the issues surrounding food insecurity in our region. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s vital to the success of our efforts.
  • 2) Complete any 4 of the actions in the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar and record them on the hunger action hero card, indicating which action you completed and the date it was done.
  • 3) Once you have completed a minimum of 5 actions, bring your card to The Food Bank (97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield) no later than October 31 to receive your free hunger action hero t-shirt.

 

Important Dates

SEPT. 4:

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.

Sunday, SEPT. 7:

Family Volunteer DayThe Food Bank is excited to announce our first ever Family Volunteer Day, Sunday September 8th. All ages are welcome! 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.

Sunday, SEPT. 28:

Will Bike 4 FoodFour routes. One destination. A community without hunger.

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. 2014 promises to be the most family-friendly WB4F yet. No matter what your age or experience, there’s a route for you: 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.