Hunger Action Month





deandre.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?

See a gallery of photos of Food Bank friends who support hunger relief during Hunger Action Month and throughout the year.

What can you do? Check the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar!

You can still support hunger relief throughout the year.


 

#Helpie Social Media Campaign
Don’t forget to snap and post your #helpie when you volunteer at the Houston Food Bank!  What’s a #helpie? It is a selfie snapped while volunteering and helping others and posted on social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  Posting a #Helpie will help shine a light – even if for a moment – on everyday people who make a huge difference in our organization and our community.  HFB cannot express how important volunteers are to the organization being able to complete its mission to feed the hungry – they provide approximately 5,300 hours of service to our organization each week!

SNAP Challenge – can you live on just $4 per day for food?
What if you could not afford to buy food?  More than 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.  SNAP is the federal program commonly referred to as “food stamps” that helps individuals and families purchase nutritious food from local grocery stores.  The program is one of the best long-term strategies for addressing food insecurity, defined as inconsistent access to sufficient nutritious food, but sadly, Texas has one of the lowest participation rates in the country.  The current average SNAP budget is just under $4 a day for an individual, or nearly $28 a week.  Could you live on this amount of money to spend on food?  Take the Food Stamp Challenge and find out!  Guidelines for the Food Stamp Challenge can be found here.  Facebook and Tweet about it, and use the hashtag #SNAPChallenge.
Themed food drive for volunteers – Rice and proteins beans, canned meats, peanut butter
Throughout the year, volunteers are asked to consider bringing a nonperishable food item to donate when they come for their shift.  The Houston Food Bank selects a needed or popular item, and for September, they are asking volunteers to bring items that are routinely needed in the Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantry: rice and protein items such as canned meats, beans, and peanut butter. 

Be an Advocate for Hunger! 
Food Bank friends can help by communicating with their elected officials on legislative issues related to hunger relief.  Watch the Advocacy page for specific calls to action. 

How else can you help?

  • “Like” Houston Food Bank on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @HoustonFoodBank, to get ongoing information on events, promotions and announcements.
  • Update Facebook status to share a hunger fact with friends and colleagues to raise awareness.
  • Volunteer at Houston Food Bank or one of its member agencies.
  • Make a donation!  For every $1 donated to Houston Food Bank, you can provide a person with a full day of meals! 

 

Donate Today!

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


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