September is Hunger Action Month, where people are called to physically participate in the fight against world hunger. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida provides millions of food items every year, but with the lingering effects of the pandemic, the need for such items is heightened. Second Harvest is asking Central Floridians to help them “Stock the Shelves” as a key effort during Hunger Action Month.
“The community is still reeling from the last 18 months, and with every donation we receive, we are able to provide more families with food so that they’re not faced with choosing between that and other critical items,” said president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Dave Krepcho. “Don’t underestimate the power of donating, advocating or simply choosing to educate yourself. Every action taken this Hunger Action Month feeds hope in our community.”
The nonprofit distributes roughly 250,000 meals each day.
Second Harvest lists things that one can do to participate in the month while remaining socially distant or staying at home. Some of their suggestions include activities like hosting a virtual food drive, donating one non-perishable food item or one dollar for each day of the month (totaling to 30), spreading the word via social media, or donating your BOGO or sale items after grocery shopping. On World Hunger Day, Sept. 17, you can also throw on orange clothing in solidarity. Partnering businesses will donate a portion of sales to Second Harvest: Jewel Orlando’s Dueling Pianos Speakeasy, Scream n’ Stream, Paint for a Purpose, Black Rooster Taqueria, Five Guys, Hourglass Brewing, The Coop, 4Rivers, and Kendra Scott on select days.
Additional suggestions for getting involved will be available throughout the month on Second Harvest’s Facebook page. Use the hashtag #StockTheShelves to share your efforts with the world.
Visit www.FeedHopeNow.org to learn more about Hunger Action Month and the steps Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is taking to unify communities in the fight against hunger.