Harvest Hope Food Bank Recognizing Hunger Action Month to Ensure Food Isn’t an Impossible Choice for the 10% of People Facing Hunger in South Carolina
September 1, 2022
This September, Harvest Hope Food Bank joins Feeding America and other member food banks to inspire people to join the fight to end hunger and raise awareness of people experiencing food insecurity in our communities during Hunger Action Month®. Food banks around the country are working to make a real and lasting impact on hunger in their communities, and they need the public’s support.
This year marks the 15th year Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including Harvest Hope, and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, has organized the annual call to action. The campaign centers around the impossible choices that millions of people in America are often forced to make between food and other basic needs—almost half a million of those right here in South Carolina.
“Many people may not give a daily meal much thought. For people facing hunger, a daily meal is not as simple,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Instead, it becomes a different type of choice - an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help increase food access for all people, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
During the month of September, people across the Midlands can get involved by learning, committing, and speaking up about ways to ending hunger.
- Donating financially to help purchase food and keep trucks on the road.
- Shopping our Amazon Wishlist or dropping off food donations at one of our locations.
- Signing up to volunteer at one of Harvest Hope’s branches
“When our communities are able to come together with a common goal and purpose of helping our neighbors who are facing food insecurity, I truly believe that we can make real change in the fight against hunger,” said Erinn Rowe, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “There is no one face of hunger. Anyone could be struggling with these impossible choices, and I challenge you to work with Harvest Hope this month to help ensure that they no longer have to make them.”
Hunger Action Month is a time for everyone across the country to collectively act against hunger. You can choose to donate or advocate. You can choose to volunteer or raise awareness. You can choose to help end hunger. Learn more about how you can join the fight to end hunger by visiting harvesthope.org/get-involved.