In Central Louisiana, more than 68,770 of our neighbors struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal.
That is why, this September, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana joins Feeding America food banks across the country to take part in Hunger Action Month and inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 40 million Americans, including 12.5 million children and 5.5 million seniors, are food insecure.
This year’s campaign seeks 40,000 actions – a volunteer shift, a social media post, or a donation – from the public that will help end hunger one helping at a time.
“It’s important that the people we serve in our community have access to enough food to reach their full potential or thrive; especially our children, who cannot grow, succeed or learn when hungry. People facing hunger could be our neighbors, kids in our children’s classes and others, often much closer than we think,” said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
In our community the Food Bank has many ways you can help fight hunger for our neighbors in need. A calendar is available on the Food Bank’s website at www.fbcenla.org as well as daily post on the Food Bank’s Facebook page.
“Hunger Action Month is a time for us to take action and help our neighbors and friends struggling to put food on the table,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Every state and every county in this country have people facing hunger. Our network of food banks and partner food pantries and meal programs are positioned to serve all of them. You can help at the local level by volunteering, engaging, advocating and donating, and together we can end hunger one helping at a time.”
September marks the twelfth year the Feeding America network has organized this annual call to action. To learn more about the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month in central Louisiana please visit www.fbcenla.org or HungerActionMonth.org.