Although September is National Hunger Action Month, the needs of the under-served and food insecure last all year long. But, this is an important month because it brings into focus the hunger crisis that faces America. According to FeedingAmerica, 1 out of every six people here in America struggles with hunger and having enough food to get by on a daily basis.
Those statistics are frightening, but there are plenty of ways for your to help out in September to bring more awareness and to help raise money for charitable organizations that give back by making simple purchases and eating out.
1) Make a reservation with OpenTable from September 1-30 and they will donate $1 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry. In fact, they’ll donate up to $50,000, so get those reservations in. For more about OpenTable, check out a post we did.
2) If you have a Citi credit card, enroll in the Citi Table Program and you’ll not only get some exclusive dining offers and invitations, but you’ll also be helping to raise money for No Kid Hungry. It’s as simple as this, when you spend $5 or more dining out with your enrolled Citi card through 12/31, Citi will give $1! In fact, they’ll be donating up to $500,000 which is enough for 5,000,000 meals for hungry and food insecure children.
4) Raise awareness by taking a selfie with a spoon on your nose to help remind your friends and followers that hunger is all around us. Tag a friend and use #spoontember and #HungerActionMonth. There are a few samples on the Feeding America site for you to use if you’d like.
5) Become involved in food rescue organizations. Organizations like Feeding America, Campus Kitchens, Denver Yard Harvest, Community Plates, and City Harvest (see more here) are helping to end hunger and are always in need of help. Volunteers go to local restaurants, shops, and markets to rescue food that would normally go to waste. This food then ends up at local soup kitchens and other organizations that help to feed and take care of America’s hungry. This is truly the future of a plausible and action-based solution to helping to end hunger.