Food insecurity is an issue that affects the lives of over 1 million people in southeast Texas. This September, famine relief organizations like the Houston Food Bank are working to get the public through Action month hunger. The Houston Food Bank serves 18 districts across the city and has events scheduled throughout September for Houston residents to take a stand against hunger.
“We can all play a role in reducing food insecurity – whether we are advocating, educating, volunteering, or donating, year round, and especially during Hunger Action Month,” said Brian Greene, president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank . “When we come together as a community and everyone does their part to fit a piece of the puzzle, big changes can happen as we work towards a world that no longer needs blackboards.”
More than 2,800 volunteers and 150 groups, including the Houston Astros; Houston Chinese Alliance; Houston Methodist-I Care in Action; and Junior League of Houston have already scheduled their help preparing food for distribution this month.
September 1. The local auditing company BKD, LLP has scheduled 150 volunteers in 2 shifts (8:00 a.m. to noon; 8:30 a.m. to noon).
September 11. 9/11 Week of Service and Remembrance at the Houston Food Bank (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). Ten volunteers from the University of Houston and thirty from Comerica Bank signed up for the day.
September 14th and 15th. The Houston City Hall, the bridges over US 59 and the bridges at the IAH airport are illuminated in orange – the official color of famine relief. Include #hungeractionmonth in your post when taking pictures of the glowing buildings.
17th of September. On the official Hunger Campaign Day, AmRisc accepted 70 volunteers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
28.09. The Houston Astros have 25 volunteers scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
29.09. United Airlines has 375 volunteers scheduled in five shifts (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.).
Other ways you can help:
- Donate! In September, a generous donor to the Houston Food Bank will raise all donations up to $ 100,000. For every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank, one person is fed for a full day. To find out how to donate go to: https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/.
- Raise awareness online by using the hashtag #foodforbetterlives in your posts, stories or tweets.
- Advocate the Child Feeding Authorization Act by communicating with elected officials. The law is passed every five years to improve child nutrition and school meals. The current law (Law on Healthy, Hunger-Free Children of 2010) expired in 2015, but continues to apply. Go to the “Endorsement” section on https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/ to learn more about what you can do.
- Like the Houston Food Bank on Facebook and follow you on Twitter and Instagram at @HoustonFoodBank.
- Share hunger facts on social media to raise awareness.
- Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank or one of its member agencies.
For more information on the Houston Food Bank and Hunger Action Month, visit houstonfoodbank.org or call 713-223-3700.