September is Hunger Action Month, a time for all of us to stand up and fight back against food insecurity in the boroughs of New York City and the United States at large. In NYC alone, food insecurity has increased by 44 percent due to the ongoing pandemic – that's 1.6 million New Yorkers struggling every day to feed themselves and their families.
Though the numbers are daunting, the truth is that we can fight hunger together. To see how you can join us in nourishing our neighbors this Hunger Action Month, check out the actions below.
An easy way to get involved in the fight against food insecurity is to give generously to hunger relief organizations that inspire you. At Food Bank, $1 can provide up to 5 meals for our neighbors in need. Click here to help power the programs that get food into our most vulnerable communities.
Want to kick your giving up a notch? Then consider launching an online fundraiser to encourage your family and friends to join you in supporting our mission. It’s as simple as clicking this link and spreading the word on social media. And don’t worry, the link above will provide you with all the guidance you’ll need to get started.
Speaking of social media, a fantastic way to engage with Hunger Action Month is to raise awareness about food insecurity and poverty online. You can either share the content we post or let our cache of social media assets inspire you. No matter what you share, make sure to use the #FeedAll and tag us @FoodBank4NYC!
Food Bank’s advocacy work seeks to organize and engage community action in the fight against hunger. Join us now in urging Congress to support anti-poverty priorities in the American Families Plan, including permanent expansion of the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, expanded Summer-EBT, and additional investments into The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Click here to raise your voice.
While all of these actions are incredibly valuable, perhaps the most important thing you can do is learn. Learn about food insecurity and the systems that cause it. Learn about the work being done to fight it. Empower yourself with knowledge and you’ll be amazed by the things you can do. To start, read our recent interview with Food Bank President & CEO Leslie Gordon in which she chats about the significance of Hunger Action Month to the work we do.