— Island Harvest Food Bank asks Long Islanders to Take Action to End Hunger—
LONG ISLAND, NY – Aug. 31, 2017 – This September, Island Harvest Food Bank joins the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks in mobilizing across all 50 states to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action MonthTM is designed to raise awareness that there are 42 million Americans, 13 million of them children, who are food insecure, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Long Islanders can do their part to help their neighbors struggling with hunger and food insecurity by holding a food or fund drive through their school, house of worship, community organization, or at work,” explains Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive officer, Island Harvest Food Bank. “Whether it’s advocating, donating, educating, or volunteering, we can all play an important part in helping our Long Island neighbors in need.”
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, more than 316,000 people struggle with hunger, often not knowing where they’ll find their next meal.
September marks the tenth year that Island Harvest Food Bank and the Feeding America network of food banks have organized this annual call to action as part of the Hunger Action Month movement. This year, the campaign will focus on the strong connection between hunger and health problems.
According to the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and Feeding America, the lack of access to healthy, nutritious food is a leading cause of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other chronic health problems among low-income individuals, including children. Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study found that 21 percent of Long Island households served by local food banks reported having at least one member with diabetes, and 50 percent reported having a member with high blood pressure. Two-thirds of food-insecure families have reported choosing between paying for food, and paying for medicine or health care.
“There’s no doubt that the people we serve cannot reach their full potential without access to a sufficient supply of healthy food,” says Shubin Dresner. “For children, the need is even greater, since they cannot properly grow, learn, or succeed on an empty stomach.”
Hunger Action Day®, which takes place on the second Thursday in September, is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact. This year, on September 14, Island Harvest Food Bank asks supporters to share what they couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on an empty plate, “On an empty stomach, I can’t ______,” and filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition needed to thrive.
These photos can be posted to social media, tagged with #HungerActionMonth, @IslandHarvest and @FeedingAmerica, to join the conversation.
“With the combined efforts of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks and hunger advocates across the country, this campaign hopes to raise awareness about hunger, and inspire Americans to get involved,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “The Feeding America network is leading the fight to end hunger in the U.S. We all have a role to play in getting food to our neighbors in need. Advocate. Educate. Volunteer. Donate.”
About Hunger on Long Island
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 food waste 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 of food insecurity. As a result of Island Harvest Food Bank’s dynamic business model, more than 94 percent of expended resources go directly to programs and services that support over 316,000 Long Islanders facing hunger. Island Harvest Food Bank 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 organization. Island Harvest is a four-star-rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization. More information can be found at www.islandharvest.org.
About Feeding America®
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and 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. 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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