Island Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America Network Raise Awareness of the Issue of Hunger Throughout Hunger Action Month

LONG ISLAND, NY — September 3, 2015 — Island Harvest Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks, will observe Hunger Action MonthTM — a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and join the movement to help end hunger.  Hunger advocates from Long Island and across the country are working together this September to shine a light on the issue of hunger and the 1 in 6 people who face hunger in America — including 316,000 people here on Long Island.

“There are far too many people on Long Island who struggle with hunger every day, including tens of thousands of children, and Island Harvest is rallying around Hunger Action Month as we continue our fight to solve this critical public health issue,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest.  “Hunger affects everyone — our child’s classmate, perhaps a coworker or neighbor down the street. September’s Hunger Action MonthTM  is an opportunity for all hunger-relief advocates and concerned Long Islanders to take simple steps towards supporting those in need.”

“Domestic hunger affects every community in our nation, preventing millions of families, seniors and children from thriving,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “This September we all are given a chance to come together and make a difference for those facing hunger.”

Island Harvest is providing several opportunities for community members to get involved in Hunger Action Month. Please visit www.islandharvest.org to learn how you can make a difference.

Island Harvest is among 200 member Feeding America food banks, which serves every county in the United States and provides over 3 billion meals each year to Americans in need.

 

To learn more about Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.

About Island Harvest Food Bank

Island Harvest Food Bank is a leading hunger-relief organization that provides food and other resources to people in need. Always treating those it helps with dignity and respect, its goal is to end hunger and reduce poverty on Long Island through efficient food collection and distribution; enhanced hunger-awareness and nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans and others at risk. Approximately 94 cents of every dollar donated to Island Harvest goes to programs that support more than 316,000 Long Islanders. Island Harvest is a lead agency in the region’s emergency-response preparedness for food and product distribution, and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.   More information can be found at www.islandharvest.org.

 

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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