AUBURN, Maine — Hunger advocates from Maine and across the country plan to wear orange on Thursday, Sept. 4, in an effort to raise awareness of the 49 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger. It’s just one of the many awareness events taking place throughout the month of September in recognition of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month — a month-long campaign to help end hunger in the United States.
Throughout September, Good Shepherd Food Bank and its network of local partner agencies, along with other food banks in the nationwide Feeding America network, will engage in Hunger Action Month by holding events throughout the country to inspire people to take action to help the millions of people who are food insecure in the United States.
In addition to “going orange” on Sept. 4, the Food Bank will be raising awareness at the Lake Auburn Half Marathon, 5K, and Bike Tour on Sept. 14. The Food Bank will host a “Gallon Give” Milk Drive at select Hannaford locations with the Maine Dairy Promotion Board on Sept. 20.
Good Shepherd Food Bank is encouraging people to engage in Hunger Action Month by helping out at their local food pantry or meal site, volunteering at the Food Bank in Auburn, or raising awareness about hunger with their family and friends.
“With one in six Americans facing hunger, this problem should be at the top of everyone’s minds,” says Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. “Hunger Action Month gives us the opportunity to bring this issue to the forefront and it mobilizes people to get involved. We are encouraging all Mainers to find a way to take part in Hunger Action Month.”
According to the USDA, 49 million Americans are food insecure which means they lack access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life. This includes 16 million children and nearly 5 million seniors.
Here in Maine, 15 percent of the population struggles with hunger, including more than 64,000 children.
“There is more than enough food to feed every man, woman and child in this country, yet one in six Americans are facing hunger,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, in a press release. “By raising awareness and working together, we can solve hunger.”
You can learn more about Hunger Action Month and download a “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar, which lists a different way to get involved for every day of September, at gsfb.org/hunger-action-month.
Sponsorship for Hunger Action Month activities at Good Shepherd Food Bank is being provided by TD Bank.