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30 Ways to Take Action During Hunger Action Month



“Hunger Action Month” occurs each September and is recognized nationally as a way to urge individuals to take action in their communities to help those who are dealing with hunger and food insecurity.

Last year, Pennsylvania’s charitable food network served nearly 3 million low-income people of every age who needed food assistance. That includes 1 of every 5 kids in Pennsylvania who is food insecure.

If you’re at a loss on how to fight hunger, we’re here to help with 30 ways to raise awareness and fight hunger with your friends and family.

  1. Send an email to your friends and family about Hunger Action Month.

  2. Post the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar at your workplace. View the calendar here.

  3. Wear orange in honor of Hunger Action Month! Consider this as a strategy to start conversations about hunger.

  4. “Like” Hunger-Free PA and Feeding Pennsylvania on Facebook so you can stay up to date on ways to fight hunger all year long.

  5. Make your Facebook & Twitter profiles turn orange for hunger relief.

  6. Share photos of you and your friends wearing orange on Hunger Action Day – or even share a #Spoontember selfie.

  7. Tweet your support for #HungerActionMonth!

  8. Skip a meal, if you’re healthy enough, to understand how hunger feels.

  9. Cook a meal with your kids (or other family members) and discuss the importance of fighting hunger.

  10. Schedule time to volunteer at your local food bank or food pantry. If you need help finding your local food bank, start with our Hunger-Free Pennsylvania member list.

  11. Sign up for your local food bank’s e-newsletter or email list.

  12. Make coffee at home and donate what you would have spent to your local food bank.

  13. Donate to your local food bank in honor of a friend or family member. Grandparents Day on September 13th is a great opportunity!

  14. Donate a gas card to your local Meals on Wheels program.

  15. Write an article about hunger for your community group’s newsletter.

  16. Organize a neighborhood food drive.

  17. Write a message or fact about hunger on a paper plate and post a picture on Facebook.

  18. Write a letter to your elected officials about hunger.

  19. Adopt a family in need.

  20. Take the SNAP challenge. Live a week on the food stamp budget ($4.20/day).

  21. Set an empty plate at the dinner table to serve as a reminder of those in need.

  22. Volunteer at your local library to read children’s books about hunger awareness.

  23. Tour your local food bank.

  24. Find and “like” your local food bank on Facebook for updates about local need and activities all year long.

  25. Host a potluck dinner and discuss how you and your friends can fight hunger.

  26. Challenge your friends to match your donation to the local food bank.

  27. Contact your faith community about organizing a food drive.

  28. The Capitol in Harrisburg is aglow with orange lights for Hunger Action Month. Share the pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to spread awareness.

  29. Make a financial contribution to your local food bank.

  30. Don’t stop here! Keep fighting hunger every day of the year!