Earlier this year, Feeding America published the results of it’s annual Map the Meal Gap survey. The results–which knocked us flat on our faces–set the tone for the beginning of September which is Hunger Action Month. Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign, organized by Feeding America, to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger in America, to get involved, and to solve it.
Starting in September, AmpleHarvest.org is “Going Orange” for Hunger Action Month and will be devoting all of our blog posts to the issue. We encourage you to join us on this journey by getting involved in your community, and following along with us here on the blog. Here’s a glimpse of the Hunger in America study’s findings to get you inspired for action:
- One in seven Americans turns to the Feeding America network for food assistance. That’s 46.5 million people in the U.S., including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
Feeding America client households frequently face difficult decisions in an effort to ensure they have sufficient food. Client households often survive on limited budgets and are confronted with choices between paying for food and paying for other essentials. These dilemmas can put households in the position of choosing between competing necessities.
In addition to charitable nutrition assistance programs and making spending tradeoffs, many households also engage in a number of other coping strategies in order to feed their families.
AmpleHarvest.org makes it easier for home and community gardeners to address hunger in their communities by connecting them with their local food pantry when they have extra vegetables and fruits to share. Working together we can increase the amount of fresh and healthy foods that are available at food pantries so that every American has the opportunity to choose healthy foods to feed their family. Be a part of the solution with us today.