How to get involved with Hunger Action Month
Hunger Action Month is a time when people all over America stand against hunger. Sharing, volunteering, pledging to advocate, fundraising and donating are just a few ideas for taking action this month.
Our network runs on volunteers! Pledge to volunteer at one of our 200 member food banks across the country.
Tell your friends and family what you're doing to help end hunger this month. Don't forget to tag us and use #HungerActionMonth!
Help us protect hunger relief programs for millions of Americans by voting on election day.
Want to do more? Check out our full list of ways to get involved during Hunger Action Month.
Facts about hunger in America
Every community in America has families that experience hunger. This Hunger Action Month, learn more about hunger in America.
- Each year, millions of people in America face hunger. The coronavirus pandemic has caused even more families to struggle. We estimate that 42 million people may be food insecure due to the pandemic, including 13 million children.
- The pandemic has caused more families to seek help from food banks in the Feeding America network. Food banks estimate that 4 in 10 people visiting a food bank now need assistance as a result of COVID-19.
- Experiencing hunger during childhood can have a life-long impact on your mental and physical health and educational achievement.
- Many of the families that Feeding America food banks serve work part-time or full-time jobs. However, low wages, underemployment, and necessary expenses like rent prevent families from meeting their basic needs.
- Federal nutrition programs, like SNAP and WIC, feed millions every year. Yet, many who face hunger are unlikely to qualify for these programs because they are employed or have incomes slightly above the poverty line.
September 17 is Hunger Action Day
Orange is the color of hunger. This Hunger Action Day, let's join together by wearing orange, turning our city landmarks orange, and raising our voices all across the country on behalf of the millions of people facing hunger.
Does someone you know need help?
We all need help sometimes. During the pandemic, more families are struggling than ever before. You can play an important role by letting your loved ones and neighbors know it's okay to ask for help and sharing where they can find support.