SOUTH BEND — Throughout the month of September, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana is asking all residents to take action and bring attention to the reality of food insecurity in northern Indiana.
Organize a food drive at your workplace, club or place of worship to restock the food bank’s warehouse shelves. Most needed items are canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter and jelly, canned soup, canned stew and ravioli, pancake mix and syrup, boxed meal helpers, pasta and pasta sauce, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, boxed breakfast cereal and boxed potatoes.
Encourage community leaders to visit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and its partner agencies to learn how they are reading the hungry and creating healthier communities.
Spend a morning or afternoon volunteering at the food bank. Protocols are in place to ensure you have a positive experience during this time of great need.
Tour the food bank’s facility and learn about its programs including Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, Healthy Choices Market, Mobile Food Pantry Program, Senior Nutrition Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Community Food Pantry of St. Joseph County.
Share your photos by tagging the Food Bank of Northern Indiana on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and include #HungerActionMonth and tag Feeding America.
Hunger Action Month began in 2008 when Feeding America’s network of food banks united to mobilize individuals to take action to fight hunger in their communities. Originally, this initiative was called Hunger Action Day, which began in 2002 and was healed on the first Tuesday in June. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has participated in Hunger Action Month since 2009.