Food bank asks residents to participate in Hunger Action Month
Take action online
• Find the Yuma Community Food Bank and Feeding America on Facebook and hit “like.”
• Check out their website at: www.yumafoodbank.org.
• Find their “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar on their website which offers ways to make a difference.
• Make a donation online.
• Donate your Facebook status to hunger.
• Share a hunger fact with your friends.
Take action at Yuma Community Food Bank
• Volunteer at the food bank, volunteers are needed now more than ever.
• Ask to tour the Yuma Community Food Bank.
• Speak out by filling out a paper plate at the food bank with your story to send to your local elected officials.
Take action in person
• Become a food bank Ambassador and advocate at events.
• Speak up for national nutrition programs by sending a postcard to your elected officials.
Take action with a group
• Host or participate in a food or fund drive.
• Offer a discount for services and donate the difference.
• Host an event with the proceeds to benefit the food bank.
• Leave an empty setting at your table tonight for those who will go without.
*list provided by Yuma Community Food Bank
For the rest of September, the Yuma Community Food Bank is asking for those in the area to participate in various events as part of Hunger Action Month.
“This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Yuma to once again demonstrate their concern for their neighbors in need,” said YCFB President and CEO Mike Ivers.
“I'm asking all Yumans to make an individual commitment to participate in at least one activity from our ‘30 Ways in 30 Days' calendar to show they are on the front line with the Yuma Community Food Bank in this war on hunger.”
Events include asking for various organizations in Yuma to host a food and fund drive, participating in “Dine Out for Hunger” with local restaurants who have agreed to donate a percentage of their proceeds, skipping a coffee or a dessert to donate the difference, or cleaning out your cabinets to donate nonperishable food items.
YCFB is participating in Hunger Action Month along with Feeding America and its network of over 200 other food banks across the country.
“The issue is of particular importance in Yuma and LaPaz counties where more than 24,000 people reach out to the food bank each month for help,” stated YCFB. “In Yuma, there are more than 44 percent of children who are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from. Nationally, there are almost 49 million who struggle with hunger – including 16 million children.”
Visit www.yumafoodbank.org or www.hungeractionmonth.org to learn more about Hunger Action Month. Click here to view a PDF of the “30 Days in 30 Ways” calendar.
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