Food Bank for Westchester Joins Largest Network of Food Banks to Raise Hunger Awareness During September's Hunger Action Month
Wear Orange on Hunger Action Day, Thursday, September 4
As part of Feeding America's Hunger Action Month, a campaign to help end hunger in America, the Food Bank for Westchester is urging the community to take action against hunger during the month of September. The Food Bank estimates that one in five Westchester County residents are hungry or at-risk of being hungry and of the approximately 200,000 people, one-third are children and 22% are seniors over the age of 60. In an effort to raise awareness of the 49 million people in the United States who struggle with hunger, the Food Bank and hunger advocates from across the country will wear orange on Hunger Action Day - Thursday, September 4.
The Food Bank for Westchester, one of eight regional food banks in New York State in the Feeding America network, will bring greater attention to the issue of hunger along with food banks nationally by holding events throughout the country beginning with Hunger Action Day. Community events will help individuals everywhere to take action to help the millions of people who are food insecure in the United States.
"Hunger Action Month is a time to bring attention to hunger in our area. We cannot fight every factor affecting hunger, but we can start here in Westchester by creating awareness about the issue," said Ellen Lynch, Executive Director of Food Bank for Westchester. ""This month we will be coordinating several different social media events and activities to provide valuable tools and information to our member agencies and the general public. We are hosting our Annual Agency Day on September 18 where we invite nearly 200 hunger-relief member agencies to come together to learn how to better serve the community and strengthen hunger relief."
"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. "By raising awareness and working together, we can solve hunger."
The Food Bank for Westchester will be coordinating several social media initiatives, including:
The Food Bank also provides other opportunities for the community to help fight hunger:
Organize a food drive to benefit the Food Bank for Westchester.Volunteer at its warehouse.
To learn more about Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.