Northern Illinois Food Bank Launches Hunger Action Month Initiatives

Northern Illinois Food Bank Launches Hunger Action Month Initiatives

In the 12 years since it was first created, Hunger Action Month has never been more essential.

It may not be a “Hallmark holiday” — but in this time of economic uncertainty, global pandemic and high unemployment, raising awareness and funds to help solve hunger in our communities is urgent.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is once again raising awareness about the issue of hunger here in our communities for Hunger Action Month — Feeding America’s national hunger awareness month. Since 2008, Feeding America has used the month of September to educate the public about the issue of hunger and how they can get involved in this mission within their own communities.

Northern Illinois Food Bank, along with Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks nationwide, is calling on the community to “Go Orange” throughout the month of September in recognition that no one should ever go hungry.

This year has brought us many challenges, but through it all, our community has stepped up in an incredible way to support our work and our neighbors,” said Julie Yurko, President and CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank.

“Because we expect it will take one to two years for our neighbors to recover from the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, Hunger Action Month is another call to action for our community to come together and get involved, because we know hunger doesn’t wait for the next meal or the next paycheck. Everyone can make a difference today.”

The Food Bank hosting several initiatives and events across its 13-county service area in September to celebrate Hunger Action Month. Check out the full lineup of Hunger Action Month events at www.SolveHungerToday.org/HAM and register today!

TODAY: 9/11 Service DayJoin the food bank for a special “service day” two-hour volunteer shift at West Suburban Center (Geneva). Shifts at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Cheers to Change — During September, participating area breweries, wineries, and restaurants are hosting fundraisers to fight hunger and give back. For more information, visit https://solvehungertoday.org/ham-2020/cheers-for-change/

A Taste That Matters — The annual premiere event returns for a ninth year, but for the first time ever, will be a fully VIRTUAL experience!  The hour-long, FREE event will feature an evening of raffle prizes, cooking demonstrations, and a fabulous silent auction.  Visit www.solvehungertoday.org/Taste for more information or to register for your FREE ticket!

Hunger Action Month Challenge – Make a team and join the fun, earning points for everything from posting on social media, to reading articles about hunger, to raising funds and recruiting team members.In its Fiscal Year that ended June 30, the Food Bank distributed more than 80 million meals—a 16 percent increase from the prior year. During its COVID-19 response from March-June, the Food Bank distributed 30 million meals to meet the rising need.

About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, Illinois’s largest food bank by distribution and the food bank for the suburbs of Chicago, is a non-profit organization that has engaged the community in creating access to nutritious groceries for neighbors in need since 1983.

Through its Centers in Geneva, Park City, Rockford and Joliet, and through its network of more than 900 member food pantries and feeding sites, the Food Bank distributed more than 80 million meals last year — the equivalent of 220,000 meals daily — across its 13-county service area.Learn how to give help or get help today at www.SolveHungerToday.org, or call (630) 443-6910. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America.

SOURCE: Northern Illinois Food Bank news release