September is Hunger Action Month
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of food insecurity.
During Hunger Action Month, there are a number of different ways to take action, including raising awareness of hunger issues, advocating for change, donating food and funds, or volunteering your time and skills. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to our neighbors in need. This is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact to feed more people than ever before.
Hunger is a solvable problem, and with your help, we can put an end to it.
Mark your calendar to take action:
Breakfast at The Bank (Sept. 7)
Join us for a light breakfast, a tour of our warehouse in Hatfield, and a conversation about the impact the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has on our local community.
Family Volunteer Day (Sept. 9)
Participants of all ages are welcome to take part in apple picking at Mt. Warner Orchard (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.). This private orchard in Hadley has too many apples and we need your help to pick them for The Food Bank. This event is limited to 20 families.
Hunger Action Day (Sept. 14)
Go Orange on Hunger Action Day by wearing orange-colored clothing and accessories to raise awareness. Encourage your family, friends, and coworkers to join you. Be sure to share your Go Orange photos on social media using the hashtag #HungerAction.
Massachusetts Call-in Day (Sept. 14)
Raise your collective voices and call your member of Congress to thank them for protecting our federal hunger safety net, and to ask them to urge their colleagues in Congress to do the same. Help us generate phone calls with a clear message: protect the programs that help us fight hunger in America. Call (888) 398-8702 to connect to your House Member.
Will Bike 4 Food (Sept. 24)
Register to ride in our 7th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event. You can ride as an individual or as part of a team, on a 10, 25, 50, or 100-mile route through the scenic Pioneer Valley. The After-Party will include music, games, bar b que dinner, Berkshire Brewing Company beer, and more. Last year, this fun and exciting event raised $114,000 to support The Food Bank.
Legislative Volunteer Day (Sept. 30)
You can join Franklin County legislators and volunteer at The Food Bank to help sort and pack emergency food for distribution to our member agencies and through our Mobile Food Bank program. Sign up to participate now.
Fork It Over For Food (Sept. 1 – 30)
Throughout September, we’re partnering with local restaurants throughout the region for our Fork it Over for Food campaign. Diners are asked to make a donation at the end of their meal, 100% of which goes directly to The Food Bank.
Packard’s Trivia Night (Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26)
Grab some friends and head to Packard’s for trivia night every Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Entry fee to play is $10, or just $5 with a non-perishable food item donation. All proceeds will be donated to The Food Bank.
Other Ways to Take Action:
Cement your commitment to this cause by becoming a monthly donor of The Food Bank. For every dollar donated, we’re able to provide three meals to a neighbor in need.
We rely on individuals, businesses, religious groups and civic organizations to come together to have fun and build a stronger community. Volunteers are a crucial part of our work, and we couldn’t operate without their dedication and support.
As a hunger advocate, you can communicate with your legislator about local food security issues and urge them to provide the resources needed to help end hunger. By lending your voice, you can bring positive change.
Follow The Food Bank on social media to engage others in the on-going conversation about food insecurity in our community, and explore possible solutions. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and now on Meet-Up.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up to receive The Food Bank’s monthly e-newsletter to stay up to date with all the ways that you can take action to raise awareness of food insecurity, and help end hunger in our community.
Share your story
Your voices and your stories serve as a powerful tool in putting a face to a solvable problem. Your story will give others a better understanding of what it means to be food insecure, and help us make a difference in the community.