5 ways to help during Hunger Action Month

Madelyn (r) and her brother Luke VOLUNTEERING at their local pantry
August 29, 2019
by Ash Slupski

This September communities across America are joining together to fight hunger. In honor of our 40th anniversary, we encourage everyone to help us reach our goal of 40,000 actions against hunger during Hunger Action Month. With every action, we get one step closer to making hunger a thing of the past – one helping at a time.  

Not sure how to participate in Hunger Action Month? We have five easy ways you can get involved that will help make a big difference for families struggling with hunger.


1. Brush up on the latest hunger facts so you can debunk the myths

Some people believe that hunger isn’t an issue in America. But that simply isn’t true. Every county in the United States struggles with food insecurity. By sharing these five myths about hunger, you can help raise awareness of the problem and inspire your friends & family to help. 

Next: Read and share the Five Myths About Hunger on social media using #HungerActionMonth

2. Fundraise for Hunger Action Day on September 12

Invite your friends and family to join in on September 12 by donating to your local food bank or to Feeding America. Starting a fundraiser on Facebook takes just a few minutes but goes a long way to help families in need.

Next: Get started with your Hunger Action Month online fundraiser

3. Become a regular food bank or food pantry volunteer

Over half of all soup kitchens, food pantries and meal programs in the Feeding America network rely on volunteer support. Spending a few hours each month volunteering can make an enormous difference for food banks and the families they serve. And it can help you live longer and be happier

Next: Pledge to volunteer at your local food bank

4. Ask your member of Congress to visit a food bank

People shouldn’t go hungry in the richest country in the world. The best way to help legislators understand hunger in America and in their very own community is to invite them to see it for themselves.

Next: Ask your senators or representative to join the fight to end hunger 

5. Donate to Feeding America or your local food bank

Your donation to Feeding America or one of our member food banks keeps hunger relief programs across the country running smoothly. While donating food may seem like the best thing to do to help your local food bank, the Feeding America network of food banks can do even more with a monetary donation.

Next: Make a one-time or monthly donation in honor of Hunger Action Month

Whether you choose to donate, volunteer your time or share facts about hunger with your friends, we all have a role to play in ending hunger. Check out the Hunger Action page for more ideas about how to get involved and see our progress towards 40,000 actions to end hunger.