September is the month to take simple steps that could help someone in the community to eat. The Food Bank of CNY is asking everyone to do one small thing during Hunger Action Month.
Friday, September 13th members of the community wore orange, not only to cheer on SU for the Clemson game, but to raise awareness about food insecurity.
One such step people could take is calling an elected official about legislation that may affect things like school lunches and breakfasts. 29% of people in our area who go hungry are under the age of 18. “It’s families that are struggling every day. Just because kids are receiving breakfast and lunch at school doesn’t mean that they know where their dinner is going to come from,” said Lynn Hy, chief development officer for the Food Bank of CNY. “There’s thousands of kids that just don’t know. And they might be receiving those meals during the school day but what’s happening on the weekends at home.” The Food Bank of CNY has set up a few Kids Cafes in the area to provide dinner to children to help.
Food pantries on college campuses are also growing. Students may be attending school on scholarship but don’t have the money to purchase meal plans or food.
15% of people in Central New York receiving help from the Food Bank are seniors. Making a donation or rallying coworkers for a food drive are also small ways you can help neighbors get fed.
The Food Bank of CNY is also working with Fort Drum and the military bases because a surprising 16% of active-duty military or veterans are in need. Volunteering time or even sharing a post that raises awareness of food insecurities and challenges the community face are also great steps to fight hunger. “Any little action is helpful,” said Hy.
To learn more about ways to help the Food Bank of CNY or if you need assistance, visit FoodBankCNY.org.