Feeding America® Network Food Banks across the Country Promote
Hunger Action Month
Sioux Falls, SD (August 30, 2017) – This September Feeding South Dakota, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.
In South Dakota, more than 100,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in six kids who may not have enough to eat.
September marks the tenth year the Feeding America network of food banks has organized this annual call to action and tenth year that Feeding South Dakota has participated in the Hunger Action Month movement. This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between hunger and health.
The Hunger Action Month 2017 campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and a promising future at risk.
“It is so vitally important for individuals to have adequate access to nutritious foods including protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables. From the youngest to the most mature of our South Dakota friends and neighbors, healthy eating plays such an important role to academic success, mental well-being and success in the workplace,” said Matt Gassen, CEO, Feeding South Dakota.
“I’ve spent many days on the road this past year, visiting food banks, food pantries, and meal programs and meeting people who are facing hunger,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “I’ve seen firsthand the anguish that food insecurity and hunger can cause. It is always heartbreaking to meet a mother or father who fears that they will not be able to feed their children. They know that their children cannot reach their full potential if they don’t have enough to eat.”[AM1]
Hunger Action Day®, the second Thursday in September, is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact.
This year, on September 14th, Feeding South Dakota asks supporters to share what they couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on an empty paper plate, “On an empty stomach I can’t ______,” and filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition we need to thrive. Residents are also encouraged to wear orange on this day, the official color of hunger.
These photos can be posted to social media with #HungerActionMonth, @Feeding South Dakota and @FeedingAmerica to join the conversation.
Statewide, Governor Dennis Daugaard has issued an Executive Proclamation to reflect that Thursday, September 14th, 2017 is “Hunger Action Day” in South Dakota. This proclamation signifies the importance that hunger awareness has in all 66 counties in South Dakota and the support Governor Daugaard grants Feeding South Dakota to continue to feed those who are struggling with food insecurity.
In Pierre, Feeding South Dakota will partner with the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce to host “Business After Hours” on Thursday, August 31st from 5-6:30pm. This monthly event allows Chamber members an opportunity to network with other Pierre area businesses. Feeding South Dakota will give a short presentation and demonstration on the issue of hunger in South Dakota and the one in eight residents that hunger affects. All Chamber members are welcome to attend. The address to Feeding South Dakota’s facility is 20562 Grace Ave in Pierre.
In Sioux Falls, Feeding South Dakota will partner with Downtown Sioux Falls at their First Friday Block Party at 8th & Railroad on Friday, September 1. Feeding South Dakota staff will be available to discuss the issue of hunger in our state as well as have children’s activities including rock painting, balloon creations from “Twisted Chick” and glow lights for the kids.
In Rapid City, Feeding South Dakota will host a movie night on Saturday, September 16th with Hills of Grace Fellowship in honor of Hunger Action Month. Activities will start at 5:00 PM with a free hot dog meal, as well as many children’s activities including rock painting, face painting, prizes, bounce castles, and balloon animals. The movie, The Sandlot, will start at 7:00 PM. Staff will be available to discuss the issue of hunger in our state.
“With the combined effort of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks and hunger advocates across the country, the goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about hunger and inspire Americans to get involved,” Aviv said. “The Feeding America network is leading the fight to end hunger in the U.S. We all have a role to play in getting food to our neighbors in need. Advocate. Educate. Volunteer. Donate.”[AM2]
To learn more about Feeding South Dakota and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month in South Dakota, please visit www.FeedingSouthDakota.org or HungerActionMonth.org.
About Feeding South Dakota
Feeding South Dakota, whose mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota, is the state’s largest charitable hunger relief organization. In FY17, Feeding South Dakota secured and distributed over 13.6 million pounds of quality nutritious donated and purchased food providing 11.3 million meals to more than 190,000 individuals in need. Feeding South Dakota is able to distribute this food from our distribution centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City through its network of over 400 charitable organizations, supporting over 555 partner agency programs across the state. These organizations then provide this food to individuals who are “food insecure” through youth programs, senior centers, on-site feeding programs, emergency food pantries, after school programs, and homeless shelters. For more information on Feeding South Dakota, please visit www.feedingsouthdakota.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Feeding America®
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.