Hunger Action Month
August 31, 2016
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me – Matthew 25:35
By Diana Carranza, FirstChurch member & Communications Manager at North Texas Food Bank
You’ve likely said the phrase “I’m hungry” before – and probably meant it, as the growl of your stomach took over, impeding your focus and maybe even affecting your mood. If you’re lucky, you quickly found something to satisfy your hunger.
Many people aren’t so lucky. During my time on staff at the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), I’ve learned that 856,000 people in our community don’t always know where their next meal will come from, including 1 in 4 children in North Texas. These children struggle to focus in school, parents who can’t afford both their medication and grocery bills are forced to choose, and many parents forgo their meal so that their children have enough to eat.
While NTFB has made great strides in this fight against hunger by providing access to 170,000 meals every day, the need is for 250,000 meals. That’s why throughout September, the Food Bank is taking part in the national celebration of Hunger Action Month. This month people across the country are standing together to say that hunger is unnecessary and unacceptable.
- Volunteer with NTFB, Crossroads Community Services and Austin Street Shelter.
- Learn about hosting a healthy food drive this holiday season.
- Tell everyone you know about the need for food assistance in our community, and how they can get involved.
- Give a dollar – $1 donated to NTFB provides access to 3 meals.
- Take the SNAP Challenge.
- Wear orange on Hunger Action Day, Thursday, September 8, and watch for many of the Downtown Dallas buildings to light up orange that evening.
However you decide to help, September is the perfect month to feed families, children, and seniors in need!