For Hunger Action Month® this September, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB) will join Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make a real and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities, and they are asking for the public’s support.
September marks the 14th year Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, has organized the annual call to action. This year’s campaign presents the impossible choices that millions of Americans must make between food and other basic needs.
“For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “For people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It's often an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help people achieve long-term food security, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
During the month of September, people across the Central Rappahannock Region can get involved in the movement by learning, committing, and speaking up about steps towards ending hunger.
· Following the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank on social media
· Supporting the FRFB’s virtual food drive
· Registering as a volunteer on the FRFB website
. Visiting the FRFB’s table at Spotsylvania Towne Center from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on September 17th
“For the more than 31,000 people in our community lacking adequate nutrition, there are no easy answers to their situation, but there are plenty of hard choices they must make,” said Dan Maher, President & CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. “It is distressing to think that so many within our community must make tradeoffs between basic necessities of life when we live in a land of plenty. Hunger Action Month is a good opportunity for our region to collectively reflect on how each of us and all of us can be part of the solution for local families, children, seniors, veterans, and others facing food insecurity. The Food Bank is honored to be in a role of heightening community awareness and issuing a collective call to action.”
Hunger Action Month is a time to mobilize to end hunger. You can choose to donate, advocate, or raise awareness. You can choose to help end hunger. Learn more about how you can take action by visiting the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank’s website at www.fredfood.org.