September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways 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 their 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 woman, children and seniors who can just simply not make ends meet and go without food – for days.
More than 16 million kids struggle with hunger in America.
That is 1 in 5 kids or over 21.3% of kids in America who go hungry. Everyday. 19 million kids get a free or reduced school lunch every day, but there are over 10 million kids who are eligible for these meals and do not get them. (Source: NoKidHungry)
Why hunger matters.
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 as adults and experience more headaches, stomachaches, ear infections, colds and fatigue.
Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school and 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 be more aggressive and anxious and as they grow, teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids. (Source: NoKidHungry)
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How can you help?
- host a food drive.
- take the FNS challenge – could you live off of just $4.06 of food per day?
- go orange – wear orange on Thursday, September 4 to show your support for hunger relief! Put on your best outfit and tweet us a photo. Remember to tag it #GoOrange and #HungerAction!
Throughout the month of September, I will be posting budget-friendly menus, kid-friendly recipes and facts about hunger in Colorado, and America. Join me as I #GoOrange and support hunger relief in America. This month I will be also participating in the FNS Challenge, and feeding my family for only $4.06 a day, and holding a month-long food drive in support of Open Arms Food Bank with a goal of collecting 1000 lbs of food!