Learn about Hunger Action Month
PCCEO and the Peoria Area Food Bank is celebrating Hunger Action Month. Hunger is a problem that exists throughout the world from third world countries to more modern places such as Poland, Germany, and the United States.
The fact remains, no one should have to go hungry, and Hunger Action Month brings awareness and reminds us that there are those out there who need the help of a kind soul with an open hand and that there are more than enough resources in the world for us all to eat well. Isn’t it time we all stood up and did something for the hungry in our community and our world.
History of Hunger Action Month
Hunger Action Month was established by Feeding America back in 2008, when it decided it was time for a nationwide push to get involved with the hunger crisis across the country.
During September people everywhere help to feed the needy in their neighborhood and country, working to ensure that the 48 million people who live with hunger every day can get some relief. Food deprivation is a problem for more than just adults as well, children all over the country go to school without a proper breakfast, leading to difficulty focusing on their education, alertness, and generally performing well.
How to Celebrate Hunger Action Month
Celebrating Hunger Action Month starts by taking action against hunger, seems obvious, right? All you need to do is to help raise awareness of hunger as a problem, and there are a lot of ways of doing that even if you’re short on time and money.
One popular way of raising awareness is to take a plate and writing “On an empty stomach, I can’t:” and then filling in the blank to help people learn what effect suffering from a shortage of food can have. Examples are “Study” and “Sleep Properly”, even “Be Active.” You then take this photo of yourself holding the plate and post it on social media and get others to do the same with themselves. Post by post, the world will become a little more aware. At the end of the post be sure to put #hungeractionmonth and #peoriafoodbank.
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious and want to be directly involved, you can contact the Peoria Area Food Bank or any other food-based organization to help bring food to the needy in your area. Food drives, volunteer efforts, and donations are always welcome and help to battle this epidemic in our county and around the world.