September is Hunger Action Month!

Second Harvest staff wearing “speak out against hunger” shirts

Hunger Action Month provides an opportunity to bring the issue of hunger to the forefront and encourage our leaders to support programs that help Americans struggling with hunger.

In 2011, Hunger Action Month delivered a powerful, personal message to members of Congress as they wrestled with the difficult decisions associated with reducing the deficit.  Back then, hunger-relief programs were at risk and the network responded by generating more than 40,000 paper plates. This year, Congress is proposing a 16.4B cut and the Senate a 4.5B reduction to the SNAP/Calfresh program that helps people that need it the most. We need to send a strong message. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and its member agencies will once again bring the Paper Plate Campaign to our representatives.

As you know, the federal government plays a big role in helping us work toward a hunger-free America. That is why it is so critical that we help Congress understand the importance that programs like SNAP/CalFresh and TEFAP have in helping hungry Americans put food on the table.

There are many other ways you can involved during Hunger Action Month:

• Send a message of support for hunger relief programs to your representative

• Learn more about hunger in the U.S. at feedingamerica.org

• Volunteer at a food bank, pantry or shelter

• Write a letter to a newspaper editor or post a blog about hunger in your community

• Make a donation to honor a loved one

• Make coffee at home and donate what you would have spent to the food bank

• Hold a virtual food drive, encouraging contributions online

Every action makes a difference!

Posted in FoodBank Blog

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