Hunger Action Month
Not all heroes wear capes-some wear orange in support of Hunger Action Month.
Hunger. We all know that it is a problem. One that affects each and every community. Often times we feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the issue and are not certain what we can do or even where to start in order to make a difference. Feeding America and its network of food banks recognized that many people may feel this way but also acknowledged that the only way to find a solution to the hunger problem is through an “all hands-on deck” approach. The result? In 2008, September was designated Hunger Action Month. A month focused on mobilizing community members to take action against hunger by participating in simple activities that give back in a big way. Advocating, donating, and volunteering to help the efforts of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank are just a few of the ways YOU can make a difference in the community this month and every month.
So, what have we been up to during Hunger Action Month? The Harvest Market, a program of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, celebrated Hunger Action Day on September 14th at our Market in Williams County. The Harvest Market team, community partners, and volunteers all wore orange to raise awareness while helping to take action on the hunger crisis by serving those least served in a food desert. We were fortunate enough to have “hunger heroes” from Montpelier High School’s National Honors Society program come out and volunteer with us. One activity we had the students do was fill out plates that said: “On an empty stomach I can’t _________. But I can _________ to help end hunger.” One volunteer said, “On an empty stomach I can’t be productive. But I can take action to help end hunger.” And take action is exactly what she and our other volunteers did. They helped register our shoppers into our system, weigh and record our produce, set-up and tear down the Harvest Market, and most importantly, they helped us with our mission: to fill bellies, and feed souls. In addition, on September 20th we had a nutrition education specialist from the Ohio State Extension Office volunteer at our Harvest Market in Fulton County. Here, we held a cooking demo providing an opportunity for shoppers to learn about healthy yet delicious ways to use some of our produce! We are extremely grateful to all of our hunger heroes who came to our Harvest Markets and helped to take action against hunger – we couldn’t do it without you!
All in all, Hunger Action Month has been great. It has provided a blueprint for community members on ways each and every one of us can help in the fight against hunger. But, as always, there is still more work to be done. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!
What is the Harvest Market? Click here to learn more.
Interested in how you can help? Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator, Kaimyn Paszko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 221.