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.
Hunger Action Day® is September 15, 2023. In honor of this day, 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 9 meals to individuals experiencing 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 nourishes people facing food insecurity. Consider donating during Hunger Action Month® to triple your impact for our neighbors.
2. Raise your voice for those experiencing food insecurity
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. 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
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
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
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.