Squash hunger with us this September during Hunger Action Month! All across the country anti-hunger advocates and communities are standing together with food pantries, food banks, and the Feeding America Network to take action in ending hunger locally and in America. At Beyond Hunger, we have a variety of ways for you to make an impact this month listed below.
- September 1st: Hunger Action Month Kickoff
- September 8th: Trivia at One Lake Brewing
- September 12th-17th: Donate a Can for Ham
- September 13th: Food as Medicine - A Discussion
- September 23rd: Hunger Action Day (wear orange) & Oaktoberfest
- September 27th- October 8th: Visit the Idea Box at Oak Park Public Library
Why all the orange?
Orange is the color of hunger awareness. It's a bold color that stands out and garners attention. Join us this month by wearing any Orange you have whether it's on Hunger Action Day (9/23/22) OR throughout the month. Tag and share your orange @GoBeyond Hunger #GoBeyondHunger
How many people are hungry in America?
From Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization:
- According to the USDA, more than 38 million people, including 12 million children, in the United States are food insecure.
- A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
- In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and food insecurity soared. In 2021, 53 million people turned to food banks and community programs for help putting food on the table.
- Cook County has the 3rd highest number of food insecure persons in the United States
- 1 in 3 people facing hunger are unlikely to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
- Hunger in African American, Latino, and Native American communities is higher because of systemic racial injustice. To achieve a hunger-free America, we must address the root causes of hunger and structural and systemic inequities.
What can I do to help?
Advocate. Donate. Volunteer. There are many ways to help fight hunger in your community, and these three are simple to remember and yet incredibly impactful. Every gift, no matter how small makes a difference. Every post about a policy impacts those struggling with hunger. Every hour of time you spend helps your neighbors in need.