Hunger Action Month

Mayor_Parker_HAM.jpgHunger Action Month was created to involve others in the community and motivate them to join forces to ultimately have a greater impact in the fight against hunger.

The theme for the month is “Hunger Bites. Bite back.”, representing both that hunger is bad and the painful, biting effect it has on those who live with it daily. So, how do you bite back?

Below is a list of ways you can get involved.

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Get involved every day during Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month Events 

Vote for the Houston Food Bank at OKRA Charity Saloon - September 1 - 30
HFB has been chosen as one of four charities that bar patrons can vote for during Hunger Action Month. At the end of the month, the charity with the most votes will receive 100% of proceeds collected the following month. For every drink or snack you buy, you will receive a ticket to vote. Spread the word! Tell your friends – to vote for the Houston Food Bank during September. 

Grandparents' Day of Volunteering - September 7, noon-4 p.m.
Whether you’re a grandparent by birth or an honorary grandparent, the Houston Food Bank wants to celebrate your commitment to helping others. Find out more about Grandparent's Day of Volunteering

Interfaith Day of Caring Volunteer Day - September 8, 1-4 p.m.
A special volunteer shift that will bring together Houston’s diverse faith community to share in a day of service. Click here to register for this event. 

Houston City Hall will be orange - September 9-12
The official color of hunger relief is ORANGE and in support of Hunger Action Month and Houston Food Bank’s efforts, City of Houston will illuminate our City Hall building in orange September 9-12. 

Snap a SELFIE at City Hall and share it with us! Use hashtag #hungerbites

National Day of Service in commemoration of 9/11 – September 11, 8 a.m. - noon
Student groups volunteer together in remembrance of 9/11. Click here to register for this volunteer event. 

Papa Murphy’s Pizza – September 12-15
Papa Murphy’s Pizza will donate $1 of every pizza purchased from September 12-15 to Houston Food Bank.  For a list of locations and phone numbers, visit

Chipotle Green Film Series and Food Drive - September 13, 7 p.m. 
Bring your non-perishable food items and enjoy a FREE movie at Discovery GreenEating Alabama is a funny and moving story of one couple's effort to eat locally produced food. Live chef demonstration. 2012, 62 min. Activities at 7:30 pm; film at 8:15 pm. Appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Enjoy the film and free tacos from Chipotle. Free samples from Saint Arnold and Barefoot Wine. 

SNAP Challenge - can you live on $4 per day for food? – September 1 - 30
What if you could not afford to buy food?  Nearly one million food insecure children, adults and seniors face that risk every day in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank. In southeast Texas,785,000 people turn to SNAP (formerly food stamps) to help them put food on the table. 

Take the Food Stamp Challenge during Hunger Action Month and find out!  Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Food Bank, will be taking the SNAP Challenge from September 14-20 and encourages others to join him. Mayor Annise Parker will be participating, too!  Guidelines for the Food Stamp Challenge can be found at and Tweet about it, and use the hashtag #SNAPChallenge.   

Young Professionals Night at the Houston Food Bank – September 17, 6-9 p.m.
Join the Emerging Leaders YP Group for an evening of volunteering and networking with other Young Professionals at the Houston Food Bank during Hunger Action Month. Click here to register for this event. 

A Place at the Table Showing  - September 23,  5 - 8 p.m.
CAN DO Houston is having a FREE Showing of A Place at the Table, a 90 minute documentary highlighting the complex, but fixable relationship between obesity and hunger.  To reserve your seat, click here to RSVP by September 20, 2013.

Where the Chefs Eat Culinary Tours Volunteer Day – September 22, noon-4 p.m.
Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and local celebrity chefs offer special culinary tours of Houston’s amazing dining scene, which are led by the chefs themselves to places they love to eat!  The tours offer one-on-one time with the chefs but tickets are limited, so GHCVB & the featured chefs have decided to do a Where the Chefs Eat Culinary Tours Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank.

Volunteers will get to mix and mingle with 12-15 of Houston’s top culinary talent, while doing good for the community.  Volunteers will help sort food, pack family boxes and create Backpack Buddy sacks for schoolchildren.  Click here to sign up for this special day. 

Karbach Happy Hours for Hunger – September 1 - 30
Our friends at Karbach Brewery are hosting Happy Hours for Hunger during September!  Each week for three weeks there will be a happy hour at a designated watering hole, followed by happy hour at the brewery on Wednesday, September 25 from 6 - 8 p.m.  Donation for admission will be $5 and 100% of the money collected will go to HFB. Beer is provided with their donation.

Sympathy for the Lager will be sold at the following locations and a portion of the proceeds will benefit HFB:
Liberty Station - September 19, 5 - 7 p.m.
Cottonwood - September 26, 5 - 7 p.m.  

Resource Center Open House Fair – September 30, 10 a.m.
Houston Food Bank’s Social Services Outreach Program (SSOP) will host a Resource Fair Open House at their storefront location at Joe V’s Smart Shop, 5609 Uvalde Rd. (77049), to provide residents access to and/or assistance applying for social services and other resources.  

Among the resources that residents will find at the resource center are: SNAP/food stamps application assistance, Medicaid/CHIP application assistance, financial literacy, health screenings, nutrition education, higher education, and workforce development.

Volunteer Food Drive – Mac & Cheese - September 1-30
Throughout the year, volunteers are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate when they come for the shift. Each month, Houston Food Bank selects a needed or popular item, and for September, they are asking volunteers to bring mac & cheese. It is, after all, orange – the color of hunger relief!

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Your contribution enables the Houston Food Bank to continue feeding over 865,000 individuals each year.

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