Food Day 2013
October 24 is Food Day. It is a day celebrating the movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Hunger is a real issue in communities across our nation and across the world and it will take all of us to solve this issue.
Today in the US there are 50 million Americans who are food insecure. This means that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Starting in November SNAP benefits will be reduced making it harder on many families to make ends meet.
Hunger might not be the most visible need in your community, but the need is there. Here is how you can help fight hunger in your community:
- Send a letter to or call your U.S. senator and representative to encourage them to support more funding for SNAP, WIC, and school meal programs.
- Work with your area food bank to create nutrition standards, or to launch a food education program for the community.
- Visit the websites of Feeding America, Food Research and Action, Wholesome Wave, Share Our Strength and The Food Trust to learn more about what you can do now.
- Visit local food banks and find out what they need donated and hold a food drive.
- Food banks need the most donations during the summer (when kids aren’t in school). Consider holding a food drive during spring to help them meet their increased demand.
For Food Day the Volunteer Center is spending some time at the schools where our AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinate school gardens. The VISTAs are asking students to consider what is food. By having students consider this question students will think about what is in their food and will hopefully be more encouraged to seek out healthier food options.
We encourage everybody to join the fight against hunger. It takes a community working together to support each other and eliminate this unnecessary problem. Even a small contribution can make a big difference.