If you see more than the usual amount of orange on the streets in the days ahead it’s because hunger advocates from the Austin area will be “going orange” as a part of Hunger Action Month, a campaign to help end hunger in America. But encouraging Central Texans to wear orange on Thursday, September 4th –national hunger action day—is just one of the many ways the Capital Area Food Bank will be mobilizing the public in the fight against hunger during September.
“Hunger Action Month plays an important role in raising awareness about hunger in Central Texas and throughout the country,” says Hank Perret, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. “It focuses an entire month on educating and engaging the public with a variety of fun and exciting activities. There are so many ways to get involved and even small actions can make a big difference in people’s lives.”
Hunger continues to affect a broad cross section of Central Texans. There are an estimated 458,710 food-insecure people in the Food Bank’s 21-county service area, 162,380 of which are children. This means that hunger is an issue for more than 1 in 6 Central Texans and nearly 1 in 4 Central Texas children.
It’s easy to get involved in Hunger Action Month and join the Food Bank in the fight against hunger. The many ways to help include:
• Hold a Virtual Food Drive to raise meals for Central Texans facing hunger
• Volunteer for a shift at the Food Bank—individually or as a group
• Join our letter writing campaign to raise awareness about hunger in Central Texas
• Donate a “selfie” and tag it with #CAFBTX to spread the word across your social network
There are many more ways to get involved and take action during Hunger Action Month. So check them all out today at www.austinfoodbank.org/ham and make September count in the fight against hunger!
About Capital Area Food Bank of Texas: The mission of Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Founded in 1981, CAFB provides food and grocery products through a network of 300 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving 48,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, CAFB serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts. For more information on CAFB and its programs, visit www.austinfoodbank.org.
About Feeding America: Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, community kitchens, and emergency shelters across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.