What can’t you do on an empty stomach?

Published on August 30, 2017

Empty Plate Challenge

What do you do every day that would be difficult, even impossible, if you hadn’t had enough to eat?

Exercise? Go to work or school? Take care of your kids?

This Hunger Action Month, we are asking you to take action to help our neighbors who face hunger. You can help spread the word on social media, advocate, donate, and participate in Hunger Action Day activities on September 14!

Why an Empty Plate Challenge?

This month, we hope you will take the Empty Plate Challenge and share on social media what you can’t do on an empty stomach. Tag @gr8bosfoodbank and use #HungerActionMonth, and we’ll share your post.

You can use this printable plate if you don’t have a paper one.

It’s tough to grow, learn, work, or even function when you’re hungry. Studies show that children who lack healthy food growing up are much more likely to have mental and physical problems.

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That’s why the Empty Plate Challenge is so important in raising awareness of the 1 in 10 across Eastern Massachusetts who don’t get enough healthy food to eat. For some, hunger is as close as one lost job, one accident, or one medical diagnosis away.

Advocacy: Call-in Day

On Hunger Action Day, Sept. 14, we will be calling our Massachusetts members of Congress to thank them for their work to protect the federal hunger safety net and to urge their colleagues to do the same. Specifically, we are asking Congress to oppose $160 billion proposed cuts to SNAP. We will also ask them to protect and preserve TEFAP funding in the Farm Bill. We are asking you to do the same, to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Hunger Action Month

This Hunger Action Month, you can join the movement that has a real impact on our effort to feed more people across Eastern Massachusetts. Learn more about Hunger Action Month and how you can help at

See which Boston landmarks will be going orange for Hunger Action Day (Thursday, September 14)!

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