AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – The High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) will join the Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month campaign in September to “inspire people to take action and educate those facing the impossible choice of hunger,” according to a press release from the High Plains Food Bank.
Food banks across the country are set to join the campaign and are asking the public for help as this will mark the 14th year that Feeding America has held a “call to action,” the statement said. .
The campaign will address the impossible choice millions of Americans face between food and basic necessities of life.
“For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat,” said Claire Babineauz-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. ““ For people facing hunger, a daily meal is a very different type of choice. It is often an impossible decision between food or other critical needs, such as electricity, childcare or medicine. No one should be forced to choose to be hungry. With public support, we can come together to help people achieve long-term food security so they don’t have to make such difficult decisions.
According to the statement, the public across the Texas Panhandle has the opportunity to get involved in the campaign by “learning, engaging and speaking out about how to end hunger.”
HPFB provided ideas on ways the community can get involved:
- Wear your Hunger Action Month t-shirt or something orange to show your support. Post your photos on social media by tagging @HighPlainsFoodBank and using the hashtag #WeFeedTXPH, #HungerActionMonth and #HungerActionDay on September 17th.
- Potter County and Amarillo Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AOMS) are set to go orange for Anti Hunger Month. Amarillo National Bank will turn orange on September 17th for Hunger Day of Action and any other business can get involved by wearing orange for September.
- Visit any local Whataburger until September 20 to donate $ 1 to the High Plains Food Bank and get a FREE Whataburger, with the purchase of a medium fry and a 32-ounce drink.
- Sign up to volunteer at the High Plains Food Bank warehouse here or donate to the campaign here. HPFB can provide the equivalent of six meals for every $ 1 donation.
“The arrival of COVID-19 has changed the extent of food insecurity in the Texas Panhandle,” said Zack Wilson, executive director of the High Plains Food Bank. “The average number of food insecure households has jumped 16 percent from a year ago. Thanks to your generous support, we’ve been able to respond by distributing over 9 million pounds of food since the COVID hit – with over a million pounds of food distributed within months. Your support literally allows us to continue to help many people in need.
You can learn more about Hunger Action Month by visiting Hunger Action Month.org.