September Is Hunger Action Month
SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
To learn more about how we can contribute to the cause, we met with our partners at Feeding America to discuss how they are working to meet the needs of an increasing number of food insecure families as a result of the economic challenges brought on by the COVID crisis. Along with Feeding America, we invite you to get involved in the fight to end hunger.
We can end hunger one helping at a time
It will take all of us working together to end hunger, so Feeding America is asking everyone to take action during Hunger Action Month.
There are many ways you can contribute to this fight. As Feeding America commemorates its 40th anniversary, they are seeking 40,000 actions from the public – a donation, a volunteer shift, a social media post – actions that will help end hunger, one step at a time.
Facts About Hunger in America
Every community in America has families that struggle with hunger. This Hunger Action Month, learn more about hunger in America.
- Each year, millions of people in America face hunger. The coronavirus pandemic has caused even more families to struggle. We estimate that 54 million people may be food insecure in 2020, including 18 million children.
- The pandemic has caused more families to seek help from food banks in the Feeding America network. Food banks estimate that 4 in 10 people visiting a food bank now need asisstance as a result of COVID-19.
- Experiencing hunger during childhood can have a life-long impact on your mental and physical health and educational achievement.
- Many of the families that Feeding America food banks serve work part-time or full-time jobs. However, low wages, underemployment, and necessary expenses like rent prevent families from meeting their basic needs.
- Federal nutrition programs, like SNAP and WIC, feed millions every year. Yet, many who struggle with hunger are unlikely to qualify for these programs because they are employed or have incomes slightly above the poverty-line.