September is Hunger Action Month. Join us in learning what organic consumers can do to help those in need. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this article.
 
Government programs and corporate aid will not be enough to feed hungry Americans. It’s going to take individuals who are willing to get involved with time, food and money—and the good news is there’s a lot you can do.

Donate Time

You can help Feeding America in your local community through activities like:

  • Repackaging donated food for use at food pantries
  • Transporting food to charitable agencies
  • Doing clerical work 

Volunteers are also needed nationwide to support the network’s commitment to the survivors of disaster-affected communities. You can help out in your local community through activities like sorting, boxing and repackaging donated food to be directed where it’s needed most.

Donate Food

Each year, the Feeding America national network of food banks and food-rescue organizations distributes 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to hungry and needy Americans in communities across the country.
 
Food drives are a fun and easy way to support your local food bank or food-rescue organization. By hosting a food drive, you help meet the needs of many people in your community.
 
It’s important to understand just who your local food bank is serving and what it needs. One food bank may serve a large number of seniors who need low-sodium foods, while another may assist more women with babies and small children who have different nutritional needs. A call to your local food bank or a visit to its website should tell you what kinds of shelf-stable foods and supplies are needed most.

Donate Funds

Every dollar you donate to Feeding America helps provide 20 pounds of food and grocery products to men, women and children facing hunger in our country.
 
You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here or by mailing donations to Feeding America, 35 East Wacker, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. To find and donate to the Feeding America food bank that serves in your area, click here.
 
Photo courtesy of Feeding America