September is Hunger Action Month for food banks across the count - FOX34 Lubbock

September is Hunger Action Month for food banks across the country

LUBBOCK, Texas -

September is Hunger Action Month as food banks across America are collaborating to raise public awareness for child hunger and food security. 

David Weaver, South Plains Food Bank CEO, said there are 200 food banks across the country feeding America.

“In September we all gather together to increase public awareness of the issue of hunger and food security in America. And talk about ways that people can have an impact and help their neighbors who are hungry. You can give time, you can give money, you can give food, or you can give voice. And those are things we’ll be emphasizing in the month of September,” Weaver said.

Weaver said the food bank’s inventories are starting to run low.

“We’re asking people if they can to donate food. The can come by the food bank, they can go by some supermarket partners. We have barrels there. Anything we get right now will help us get through the month of September. And in October, we’ll start picking up food from other sources. So this is kind of the end of our summer and a lot of the food we collected in the spring and early summer is starting to run low,” Weaver said.

Weaver said the key for a successful year is the amount of volunteers.

“We’re going out every day, going to different grocery stores and we’re picking up food, fresh produce, dairy items, and we bring that back here and that goes into our food boxes. But to make that happen, we also need volunteers to come out who will help us sort through that food and put it in the food boxes,” Weaver said.

Hunger Action Day is on September 13th, and Weaver said the food bank has multiple activities lined up.

“We have a little plate that’s set up and you can say I can’t do what if I’m hungry. I can’t work, I can’t play, I can’t be a productive citizen. On the other side of the plate, it will say something like, but I can volunteer, I can donate money, I can be an advocate for the hungry. So that’s one of the things we’ll be doing in September,” Weaver said.

Weaver encouraged people to change their profile picture on social media for Hunger Action Month, as there will custom food bank filters available.

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