71% of the people we serve live in poverty. Nearly half of them have had to choose between buying food and paying for utilities, rent, mortgage or medical care.
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.
Here’s a few easy actions you can do right now to help support our mission with just one click of your mouse.
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:
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 – The 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.
Will Bike 4 Food – Four 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.