By Nicole Reeder, Dietetic Intern in the Nutrition Education Department at Second Harvest Food Bank
Each September, Feeding America spends the month campaigning for hunger awareness. Hunger in America is more prevalent than many realize—1 in 6 Americans to be exact. September is the time to raise awareness of these facts, and to encourage each of us to take action!
Here in the Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank works year-round to end hunger for the residents of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne County. Seven million pounds of food is distributed each year to the more than 70,000 people who need food in these counties. With the help of many volunteers, Second Harvest is also able to provide food for two particularly vulnerable populations in our community—children and senior citizens—through the Backpack Buddies and SUNShine Box distributions. In addition, Second Harvest runs a Cooking Matters program which teaches low-income members of our community how to plan and cook meals while sticking to a budget.
How can you take action during Hunger Action Month?
Start right now by promoting Spoontember—Feeding America’s social media campaign for Hunger Action Month 2015. All you need to do is balance a spoon on your nose (as best as you can!) and post a selfie to your social media account of choice. Make sure to include #Spoontember and #HungerActionMonth and challenge a friend to do the same!
Looking to do more? After you have posted your spoon selfie, work on spreading awareness. Let your friends, family, and co-workers know that September is Hunger Action Month. Educate yourself, and your peers, on why we have hunger in America and what hunger in America looks like. If you’re feeling more a
mbitious, consider volunteering your time at a local food pantry, making a monetary donation to Second Harvest, or coordinating a food drive in your local community.
To find out more about the challenge to overcome hunger in America, and in the Lehigh Valley in particular, check out:
If you would like to help packing for Backpack Buddies and SUNShine Box, please call Second Harvest Food Bank at 484-287-4015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.