SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH

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This September, God’s Pantry Food Bank and Feeding America unite to urge supporters like you to take action in your local community because, together, we can solve hunger.

Consider the feeling of an empty stomach, and how with an empty stomach none of us can reach our full potential. Grab an empty paper plate and write down a) things you can’t do on an empty stomach and b) things you can do to help end hunger.

Thursday, September 14, is Hunger Action Day, and we want to turn our community orange! Wear orange. Use our Hunger Action Month profile pic frame on Facebook. Splash orange everywhere to increase awareness for the 1 in 6 people in our area who struggle with hunger. Share your photos and stories on social media with #HungerActionMonth and tag us at @GPFoodBank.

Check here for daily actions that you can take to combat hunger in our community.

Download the full Hunger Action Month Calendar.

September 30: To wrap up Hunger Action Month, post on social media about what you learned about hunger in our community and how you took action in the fight against hunger. Don’t forget to tag God’s Pantry Food Bank and include #HungerActionMonth!

September 29: Did you collect funds this month for God’s Pantry Food Bank? It’s time to stop by our facility and make that donation! While you’re here, take a tour of the warehouse and learn more about how we work with Feeding America and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to take action against hunger in Kentucky.

September 28: Plan a legacy that reaches beyond Hunger Action Month. Become a member of Feeding the Future.

September 27: Set an empty plate at your table today. Take some time with your family to talk about hunger in our community and how you can take action.

September 26: Taste of Southeast Kentucky happens in just one month! Get your tickets now!

September 25: Make your own coffee this week and donate what you save to God’s Pantry Food Bank!

September 24: Join the Crop Hunger Walk, a 3 mile experiential walk through downtown Lexington. Help them meet their goal of 300 walkers raising $30,000 during the 30th year of the walk.

September 23: Heading out for some tailgating? Collect canned goods at your tailgate. And don’t forget that you can take a canned good to Kroger Field for any home game and receive priority entrance at Gate 6!

September 22: Organize a brown bag lunch at work and donate the money you didn’t spend at a restaurant that day to God’s Pantry Food Bank. Every small amount helps up make a big impact on hunger in our community.

September 21: Chili Wars is coming to Morehead soon! Watch for information on ticket sales and event details!

September 20: Get involved! Volunteer at a local food pantry or soup kitchen. Learn more about the Fayette County Pantry Program if your in the Lexington area, or contact your local pantry to find out about opportunities for involvement.

September 19: The Basket Brigade is coming! Mark your calendar for November 11! Register now, and set up your fundraising page!

September 18: God’s Pantry Food Bank Staffers are happy to come to your workplace and speak about ways you can take action against hunger. Contact Alice Rogers to arrange for a speaker.

September 17: What do you know about food waste? Take Feeding America’s Waste It or Taste It Quiz and test your knowledge!

September 16: Kroger and Walmart stores in our 50-county service area are partnering with us to rescue food and donate it to the Food Bank. Thank the employees at your local stores for helping us save edible food and reducing food waste.

September 15: Donate 15 cans to your local food pantry today!

September 14: Today is HUNGER ACTION DAY! Share your hunger story with us today.

If you would like to record a hunger story, call us at 859-288-5312, or send your stories to [email protected].

September 13: Make your meal orange! Orange is the color of hunger awareness, and you can make your meal orange by adding many different foods to your plate! Eat some of these today:

Oranges
Pumpkin
Sweet Potatoes
Apricots
Cantaloupe
Butternut Squash
Carrots
Orange Peppers

September 12: Ask your employer if they have a matching program for charitable giving or volunteering. If so, ask them to match your donations to God’s Pantry Food Bank, and together you can take action against hunger.

September 11: God’s Pantry Food Bank is social! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat! And don’t forget to like Feeding America, too!

September 10: Happy Grandparents Day! Do something GRAND and donate to God’s Pantry Food Bank today in honor or in memory of your grandparents.

Learn more about the growing issue of senior hunger by reading Feeding America’s report, Spotlight on Senior Hunger, created in a partnership with the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

September 9: Wildcat Football fans have a special opportunity to support God’s Pantry Food Bank this season! Bring a canned good to Kroger Field for any home game and receive priority entrance at Gate 6. Thanks to Kroger for taking action in the fight against hunger.

September 8: Become a Hero for the Hungry and join our monthly giving program. Just $10 per month provides 960 meals for struggling Kentucky families throughout the year.

September 7: What is food insecurity? Food insecurity is the USDA’s measure of lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all members of a household, and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food insecure households aren’t food insecure all the time. Many times the food insecure have been forced to make a choice between food and other basic needs, such as housing or medicine.

Do you know about levels of food insecurity in your community? Learn about the needs in your area from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap project.

September 6: Take a #helpie! Post a photo of yourself helping out in your community and tag God’s Pantry Food Bank. Include #HungerActionMonth! We’d love to see you taking action against hunger!

September 5: Want to keep up with what’s going on at God’s Pantry Food Bank? Subscribe to our newsletter to receive regular updates on our services, programs, and events.

September 4
: Download the Hunger Action Month calendar and choose an activity for your Labor Day cookout! Collect canned goods or spare change from your guests, post on social media how you take action to fight hunger, or set an empty plate at your holiday table to remind everyone of those facing hunger. Don’t forget to tag God’s Pantry Food Bank and use #HungerActionMonth!

September 3: Did you know that you can donate to God’s Pantry Food Bank when you shop at any Kroger store and online at Amazon? These organizations will donate a percentage of what you spend with them back to us, and it’s easy to set up. Visit Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards to sign up!

September 2: God’s Pantry Food Bank couldn’t distribute nearly 33 million pounds of food every year without our volunteers! Join us in the warehouse for a repackaging session and learn more about how we operate, or volunteer with one of our Food Pantries. You’re taking action against hunger!

September 1: Spare change adds up! Start collecting your extra change today and at the end of the month donate it to God’s Pantry Food Bank. You’re taking action against hunger!

Special thanks to our Hunger Action Month Sponsor, Traditional Bank.

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Hunger Action Month exists to mobilize the public to act on behalf of Feeding America and God’s Pantry Food Bank. It is our opportunity to create a movement throughout the month of September that has a real and lasting impact on our mission to help end hunger in Central and Eastern Kentucky.