TOPEKA – Harvesters, the Community Food Network is joining food banks across the nation in calling on everyone to take action during Hunger Action Month in September to help feed the hungry. Whether it be volunteering on September 11th as part of National Day of Service, signing up your Girl Scout Troop for Juliette Low’s birthday party or donating money to Harvesters’ BackSnack program to feed a child on weekends, Harvesters encourages everyone to find a way to help in the fight against hunger.
“Across our community, more people than ever are at risk of hunger. In fact, one in four children in our region is at risk of going to bed hungry tonight,” said Harvesters President and CEO Karen Haren. “During Hunger Action Month in September, we call on everyone to join our mission to feed the hungry. Our community’s generous support through gifts of food, time, money and voice makes it possible for Harvesters’ to meet our aggressive goals and feed one in eight people in our region.”
Hunger strikes homes in rural areas, suburbs and cities. A national study released last week by Feeding America shows hunger is everywhere and one in four children in Harvesters’ 26-county service area are food insecure– meaning their families may not know where the next meal is coming from.
During September, take action to fight hunger by joining Harvesters’ “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign. Visit www.harvesters.org for a list of 30 easy, daily ways to take action, along with many additional suggestions for getting involved. Highlights include:
Hold a Food Drive for Harvesters -- Download our food drive kit at www.harvesters.org.
Go Behind the Barrels -- Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Harvesters’ Topeka warehouse on Thursday, September 22, and see what happens to the food you donate in a Harvesters’ barrel.
National Day of Service -- Volunteer at Harvesters’ Topeka facility on September 11 as part of the National Day of Service and mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America. Unite with others to help feed the hungry in our community.
Calling All Girl Scouts -- Help youth fight hunger. Sign up your Girl Scout Troop to participate in Harvesters’ Juliette Low Birthday Celebration on October 25 and 29 at our Topeka facility.
Support BackSnack -- Scan a $1, $5 or $10 coupon at Topeka’s Hy-Vee or a Haag Oil store now through September 6 and that money will be used to help feed a child on weekends.
Hold Virtual Food Drive -- Sponsor your own fun, interactive virtual food drive for family and friends. Download Harvesters’ Virtual Food Drive Kit at www.harvesters.org.
Donate Online -- Make a one-time donation or join the Harvester Club, a monthly donor program, and spread your gift over 12 months. Give your gift online at www.harvesters.org.
Become a Hunger Advocate—Visit www.hungeraction.org to register for updates on hunger-related legislation.
Harvesters is the regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas and is the 2011 Food Bank of the Year winner from Feeding America. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons.
Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit www.harvesters.org.