Harvesters' Hunger Action Day
Why so orange you might ask?
September is Hunger Action Month and tomorrow, September 14th, is Hunger Action Day. The color orange shows support for hunger relief efforts.
This is the perfect time to announce my partnership with Harvesters' Community Food Network in their #Hungry4More campaign. As you know, I am a foodie at heart and their message as well as mission struck me at my core.
Harvester's mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.
Hunger isn't simply missing a meal, it is a relentless force that creates a cycle of devastation. Missing meals turn into illness and poor performance at home, school and work. It slowly eats away at your happiness and stability as a person. Hunger changes the course of a person's life and when multiplied by hundreds of thousands of people it changes the course of communities, nations and the world.
For those of us privileged to know where each meal is coming from, it is hard to relate and understand the magnitude of this issue. We can take action through donations, food drives, volunteering and social advocacy, but Hunger never stops.
We make a donation of money or food and wake up the next day and go on with our life. A hungry person wakes up hungry again.
That's why I stand with Harvesters in their call to Kansas Citians (and everyone else) to be #Hungry4More. Our fight against hunger can no longer be a game of tug of war.
We have to go that extra mile.
We have to become just as relentless as hunger itself.
We have to double down on donations at our food drives and hours spent volunteering.
We have to be #Hungry4More.
Harvesters' distributes 49 million pounds of food annually to 620 non-profit agencies. This network feeds over 141,500 different people each month. In our community, Harvesters serves a 26 county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.
1 in 7 people in Harvesters' 26 county service area is food insecure.
1 in 6 children under age 18 in our service area is food insecure.*
More than half of food-insecure households have had to choose between paying for food and paying the rent or mortgage.
Two-thirds of client households have had to decide between paying for food or medical care.
*Food insecurity means an individual might have enough food today, but does not know if they will have enough food for tomorrow.
I've never personally been in the situation where I had to decide between food or my rent, but that is a harsh reality many of our community members have to face. The stress alone, dealing with such a insurmountable enemy is hard to imagine, but if we all join Harvesters in this battle, we can make a difference.
Make a Difference during Hunger Action Month
There are four ways Harvesters traditionally calls us to be #Hungry4More. That is through giving food, giving money, giving time and giving voice. However, since it is Hunger Action Month, Harvesters has provided 30 ways in 30 days to get involved.
Click below to see how you can help make a difference this month! Tomorrow, I encourage you to wear orange and post photos using #HungerActionDay.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Harvesters Community Food Network. The opinions are all mine.