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.
Mark your calendar to take action:
Sept. 7: Family Volunteer Day
Family members of all ages are welcome to The Food Bank to sort and pack food for distribution throughout western Massachusetts. Just a couple hours of your time can help provide thousands of meals. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Reynolds to sign up or get more information.
Sept 12: Hunger Action Day
Go Orange on Hunger Action Day by wearing orange-colored clothing to raise awareness. Be sure to share your Go Orange photos on social media using the hashtag #HungerAction.
Sept 14-15: Six Flags Can Hunger
Donate 25+ nonperishable food items and receive one free ticket to the park.
Sept 15: Sponsor Andrew’s Ride
The Food Bank’s Executive Director Andrew Morehouse will ride Will Bike 4 Food‘s 100-mile course during national Hunger Action Month. You can sponsor his ride to help provide healthy, nutritious food to individuals and families who need help in Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Berkshire counties.
Sept. 24: Day of Action: Stand Strong for the Right to Food Rally
Join Massachusetts advocates and elected officials who will Stand Strong for the Right to Food in Boston at the Massachusetts State House. Wear orange and share #HungerAction on social media.
Sept. 27: Food Is Public Health
Join an oversight hearing on the impact of food insecurity and inequitable access to nutritious food on public health.
Sept 29: Will Bike 4 Food
Donate or Register to ride in our 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, barbecue dinner, Berkshire Brewing Company beer, and more.
Other Ways to Take Action:
Become a monthly donor of The Food Bank. For every dollar donated, we’re able to provide three meals to a neighbor in need.
Sign up to receive The Food Bank’s e-newsletter and stay up to date with all the ways that you can take action to help end hunger in our community.
We rely on individuals, businesses, religious groups and civic organizations to come together to have fun and build a stronger community. Visit our website to sign up for a shift.
Communicate with your legislator about local food security issues and urge them to provide the resources needed to help end hunger. Your voice can bring positive change.
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.
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. @foodbankwma
These are an effective and efficient way for you and your organization to help end hunger. The virtual format makes it easy to manage, allowing people to contribute with the point and click of a mouse.