Hunger Action Month
September marks Hunger Action Month, a time to bring awareness to food access disparities in our community and to come together to help feed our neighbors who are struggling to put food on the table.
Hunger Action Month® this September marks the 15th year that the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks will come together to raise awareness and inspire the public to take action on behalf of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Right now, millions of Americans are making tough budgeting decisions while facing grocery prices that have risen more than 13% in the last twelve months, the largest increase since 1979. That’s why this year’s campaign focuses on the impossible choice that many in the U.S. are often forced to make between costly food and other basic needs.
“Many people may not give a daily meal much thought. For people facing hunger, a daily meal is not as simple,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Instead, it becomes a different type of choice - an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help increase food access for all people, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
Feeding America network food banks are also not immune to the inflationary pressures impacting the U.S., and they need support. A recent Feeding America survey found that 90% of network food banks reported either an increase or steady demand for emergency food services in June, about a 15% increase over the prior month. The vast majority are also reporting that food purchase costs are higher and that food donations are down over the last four months.