Hunger Prevention Month
September is Hunger Action Month– a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the network of food banks that fight hunger in Middle Tennessee and across the country. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on America’s hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution. We’re all better off when our neighbors have food on the table, a roof over their heads, and gas in their cars to get to work. But, too many families struggle to make ends meet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) makes targeted, temporary support available to our fellow community members in times of hardship, and currently provides food for nearly 1 million children, adults, seniors, and veterans across Tennessee. Currently, Congress is debating the Farm Bill, which will determine the future for SNAP. Some proposals strengthen the program, while others make drastic cuts—creating a need that cannot be met by the local nonprofit community.
How Can You Help?
Call your Member of Congress today to ask them to work across the aisle to strengthen SNAP. Click here to connect with your Congress member via United Way’s online form.
Donate food and funds to local food banks and pantries. United Way of Williamson County partners with food banks and pantries to fight hunger in various ways.
GraceWorks Ministries tackles hunger prevention by providing individuals and families with food carts, supplying students with fuel bags (which are filled with nutritious and shelf-stable foods), and operating mobile food pantries.
[Photo: Bank Director employees volunteering at GraceWorks.]
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee supplies food to many food pantries throughout the region, and also operates emergency food box sites to provide food assistance directly to families. Thousands of pounds of food are packed, prepared, sealed, and delivered via Second Harvest every day.
These organizations welcome both perishable and non-perishable foods, in additional to other items (such as toilet paper, men and women’s shampoo and deodorant) that support families.
[Photo: United Way’s Youth Advisory Council volunteering at Second Harvest.]
Original article by United Way Blogs