Today is Hunger Action Day. It unofficially kicks off Hunger Action Month, a nation-wide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes way for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it.
1 in 6 people in America struggle with hunger every day. Families are having to choose between paying their rent or mortgage or buying food, and they are having to make choices about paying for medicine, or paying for food – every day. Millions of Americans do not know where their next meal is coming from, and often times, these are hard working men and women who can just simply not make ends meet and go with out food… for days.
More than 16 million of these hungry American’s are kids – that’s over 21.3% of kids in America who go hungry. Every day. In the state of Colorado alone, more than 224,000 children are living at or below the poverty line putting them at risk for hunger.
Children who suffer with hunger are sick more often and are more likely to be hospitalized. Hungry children are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and adults and experience more headaches, stomaches, ear infections, colds and fatigue.
Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school. Undernourished children cannot learn as much, as fast or as well. Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food to eat have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems and tend to be more aggressive and anxious as they grow.
Join me, this September as I #GoOrange in support of hunger relief in America. Here are some ways that you can #GoOrange, and join the fight against Hunger in America:
- Donate any non-perishable food items to our Second Annual Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Food Drive, or to a local food bank in your area
- Skip a latte, and donate the $4 to your local Food Bank. $1 = 4 meals!
- Participate in the SNAP (Food Stamp) Challenge – can you live on just $4.50 worth of food and drinks a day?
- Wear orange and Tweet or Instagram a picture of yourself with the hashtags #GoOrange and #HungerAction
Throughout the year, I volunteer with Cooking Matters, and teach families how to stretch their meals, and how to really stretch their grocery budget. During each class I teach, with Cooking Matters, I teach a recipe. I have included three of my favorites below!