Wednesday, July 31, 2013

September is Hunger Action Month

Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness about hunger

September is Hunger Action Month and there are many ways that hunger relief agencies across Maine can get involved in this national campaign. The theory behind Hunger Action Month is this – when we all raise our voices at the same time, with the same message, we’re able to break through the din and make ourselves heard.

Here at Good Shepherd Food Bank, we will be promoting Hunger Action Month on social media, during various fundraising events, and through sustained media outreach during September. We are also spreading the word about "GO ORANGE" day on September 5 - Feeding America and food banks across the country will be working to turn the nation orange for a day. We'll be wearing orange that day and hope you will too!

In addition to "going orange" on September 5, here’s how you can engage your community and your clients during Hunger Action Month:
Direct people to the Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month webpage for information about how to get involved: There are many resources available on this page for use by the public during the month-long campaign, including sample social media posts, online graphics, and sample advocacy letters.

PLUS – we have customized some of these resources for use by our partner agencies. Feel free to add your logo and your own twist to the following items and distribute them widely!
STAY TUNED for additional resources, including a toolkit detailing how your agency can conduct a “Paper Plate” campaign with clients and community members. Paper Plate campaigns are an excellent way to draw the attention of local, state, and federal legislators and also the media to share how hunger impacts communities. 

We will also be encouraging all of our partner agencies to send in photos of local Hunger Action Month activities throughout September. There will even be something to sweeten the pot - every agency that submits photos of Hunger Action Month activities will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. The prize will be announced soon - so check the blog often for more information!
GSFB Network is a blog for partner agencies of Good Shepherd Food Bank focused on feeding Maine's hungry.