Take a look at the next six people you see. According to statistics one of them struggles to put food on their table. A startling 1 in 6 people (and 1 in 4 children) right here in Western Washington are at risk of going hungry. Nearly 49 million people nation-wide are uncertain of where they will find their next meal.
September is Hunger Action Month, and SMCU is speaking out to raise awareness and encourage our community to take action.
Donate or Volunteer
Despite school-age children no longer having access to free or reduced-cost meals during the summer, food donations typically decrease during this time. Just weeks ago, North Seattle’s Greenwood Food Bank was running critically low on food. Donating or volunteering at a food bank is a great way to help those in need. You can find Seattle food banks nearest you in this list and call or visit their websites to learn about volunteer opportunities and donation times.
Spread the Word
The economy is steadily improving, but we must not forget the many people who are still without jobs. This video by Feeding America, which illustrates unemployment bringing hunger to entire families, can be shared to raise awareness. The more aware our community is, the greater the impact we can make.
Our community has the power to make a difference. A small amount of our time and effort can bring monumental relief to those who are hungry, so spread the word and make a difference today.
Learn more about Hunger Action Month and how you can help here.