September Hunger is Action Month, a time when people across the country join together to raise awareness about hunger in our communities, and take action to help solve it. With so many of our neighbors continuing to experience high levels of need due to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s never been a better – or more important – time to take part.
Here are 3 easy ways to join us in taking action against hunger:
- Sign up to volunteer. Food insecurity and inequity were significant problems in the Greater Washington region well before the pandemic, with over 400,000 experiencing food insecurity prior to COVID. At the height of the pandemic, that number has climbed by as much as 50%, and we need volunteers to help us pack the growing number of emergency boxes needed to keep our region’s families fed. Click here to sign up for a shift.
- Host a digital food drive. It’s not always easy or efficient to collect canned goods and pantry staples from friends, family, and colleagues—especially with current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But one of the most convenient ways to take action for Hunger Action Month is to motivate and engage your community with a digital food drive. Get started in 5 easy steps.
- Provide financial support. The food bank distributed over 76 million meals last year – an increase of 250% over the year prior. And because of supply chain challenges, more of that food is purchased than ever before. Our generous community has made it possible to keep supplying members of our community with the food they need during these challenging times. Donate today to help make a big impact for your neighbors in need.
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