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Hunger Action Month 2022: Top Ways to Nourish Your Community

Food bank volunteer packing boxed of nourishing food
Volunteering with Food Bank of the Rockies is one of the many ways you can give back to your community this Hunger Action Month®. // Photo by Caitlyn Barnett

At Food Bank of the Rockies, we take action against hunger in our community every day, week, and month of the year. With September being Hunger Action Month®, we’re extending this call to action to each of you. Whether it’s through a monetary donation or the donation of time through volunteering, every dollar and hour counts in answering the challenge. Here are five ways to maximize your efforts to nourish your community this Hunger Action Month®.

1. The most powerful way to help your neighbors? Give financially.

a mobile food pantry set up outdoors in CO
Food Bank of the Rockies has 70+ mobile pantries, each run by volunteers. Consider volunteering at a mobile pantry in your community today! // Photo by Caitlyn Barnett

During Hunger Action Month® in September, the Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation is sponsoring a $25,000 triple match to help provide three-times as many meals to our neighbors experiencing hunger. That means that for every $1 donated, Food Bank of the Rockies can help provide 12 meals to individuals struggling with hunger in Colorado and Wyoming.

Whether you choose to give in honor or memory of someone, through a one-time or monthly gift, or as part of your estate plan, 96 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly into the programming that brings us one step closer to putting an end to food insecurity. Consider donating during Hunger Action Month® to triple your impact on ending hunger in our community.

2. Raise your voice for those experiencing food insecurity

a person smiling in a car
1 in 8 individuals is projected to face food insecurity in Colorado and Wyoming this year. Every dollar and hour donated helps bring us one step closer to ending hunger. // Photo by Caitlyn Barnett

No one should have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. Raise your voice and send a message to your representatives in Congress. Members of Congress make key decisions about the federal nutrition programs that directly impact our neighbors suffering from hunger. Right now, donations from federal commodity food programs are down 50-75% each month, which significantly impacts Food Bank of the Rockies’ ability to get nourishing food to the one in eight in eight individuals in our service area are projected to face food insecurity this year. Reach out to your senators and representatives and ask them to say “yes” to policies that will put more food on more tables.

3. Create a Virtual Hunger Action Month® Food Drive

boxes full of nourishing food
Make giving back to your community a team effort and organize a group volunteer session at one of our distribution centers or a mobile pantry. // Photo by Caitlyn Barnett

A virtual food drive is a great way to ensure your financial gift goes further because we’re able to take every dollar donated and use it to buy food at wholesale or lower costs. Make it a group bonding activity! Ask loved ones, friends, and coworkers to join you. Create a contest and see who can raise the most. It’s effective, secure, and convenient to create a virtual food drive on our website.

4. Volunteer Your Time

CO food bank volunteers preparing food
Hunger Action Month® comes once a year, but hunger never ceases for thousands of our neighbors. Your support helps us bring more food to more people every single day. // Photo by Caitlyn Barnett

If means are limited this year and you’re unable to donate money, consider volunteering with us. With the increased need for food in our community – due to the ongoing pandemic, record-high inflation, the end of government aid programs, and so much more – your support is invaluable. We need individuals and groups to help us provide food to people facing food insecurity.

5. Sharing is Caring

a child sitting in their car seat
Food Bank of the Rockies puts 96 cents of every dollar donated toward programs that help provide nourishment to kids, families, and older adults facing hunger. // Photo by Caitlyn Barnett

Do you know someone who is in need of food assistance? We are here to support our community by providing nourishing food including fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and more. Please direct them to our website to find a food distribution near their home or the Food Resource Hotline at 855-855-4626.

We are so grateful for your support during Hunger Action Month® and beyond. Thank you for nourishing our community and ensuring everyone has access to nutritious food for themselves and their loved ones! We could not do this work without you.

 

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