September is Hunger Action Month
In September, Feeding America and its network of 202 food banks across the county, including Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine, are encouraging people to participate in Hunger Action Month. The initiative is an effort to mobilize the public to raise awareness and take action in support of domestic hunger relief.
Hunger is an issue that almost 49 million people in the U.S. have to face on a year-round basis.
Nationwide events include asking businesses across the country to light up their buildings in orange (the symbolic color of hunger) and having a national wear orange day (Sept. 6).
Bangor Savings Bank is leading the charge during Hunger Action Month by hosting a statewide fundraiser from Sept. 10-14. Bangor Savings Bank will collect donations for Good Shepherd Food Bank at each of its 56 branches across Maine and online at www.MaineHungerAction.org.
“Bangor Savings is proud to take the lead with the Good Shepherd Food Bank on raising awareness about our nation’s hunger problem and its implications for the state of Maine,” said Jim Conlon, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “We feel it is important for all of us to recognize our resources, and then use those resources to help those who are less fortunate. With 56 branch locations that stretch across Maine, our goal is to make a very big impact during Hunger Action Month.”
Good Shepherd Food Bank will kick off the month at the Portland Sea Dogs game on Sept. 1 with a food drive sponsored by Travelers. Former Red Sox player Fred Lynn will throw the first pitch and Travelers will then present the food bank with a donation.
In Maine, 200,000 people, or 15 percent of households, do not have access to enough food. Nationally, there are almost 49 million who struggle with hunger — including 16 million children.
“It’s a shame that in the ‘land of plenty’ there are people who have to worry about where their next meal will come from,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “They are your neighbors, co-workers and even family members.”
“But everyone can do their part this month to help bring awareness to this issue and help eradicate hunger in our country.”
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