BOSTON – Sept. 3, 2019 – The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) today announced it will highlight the reality of food insecurity in Eastern Massachusetts throughout the month of September in observance of Hunger Action Month. As the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, GBFB aims to raise awareness and funds by mobilizing people to take action to end hunger here during the month-long campaign.
Both Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh have issued proclamations declaring September as Hunger Action Month in the state of Massachusetts and Thursday, Sept. 13 as Hunger Action Day in the City of Boston, respectively. The public is encouraged to get involved to support GBFB’s vision for a Hunger Free Eastern Massachusetts through different ways including:
EVERY ACTION COUNTS DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH
On Sept. 1, in partnership with Feeding America®, GBFB will launch a month-long social media campaign asking participants to “make every action count.” The public is encouraged to make a difference every day by taking actions like volunteering, donating and sharing information about hunger on social media with the following hashtags and tags: #HungerActionMonth, #EndHungerHere, @gr8BosFoodBank, @Feeding America.
HUNGER ACTION DAY – SEPT. 1
HUNGER ACTION LAWN ON D POWERED BY CITIZENS EVENT – SEPT. 14
WCVB PROJECT COMMUNITY TELEVENT – SEPT. 17
HUNGER ACTION DAY OF ACTION/RALLY – SEPT. 24
10TH ANNIVERSARY WOMEN FIGHTING HUNGER – SEPT. 25
“This marks the twelfth year of Hunger Action Month–a nationwide effort asking people to take on hunger in their communities in whatever way they can,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. “Nearly 500,000 people in Eastern Massachusetts are food insecure and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. During September, we are asking people to take some kind of action and every one counts towards our vision to become Hunger Free by 2028.”
Cost of food in Massachusetts is the highest in the entire U.S., according to “Map the Meal Gap 2018,” the latest report by Feeding America®, a nationwide network of 200 US food banks. Overall, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is one in 11, and one in nine children live in food-insecure households.
“With so many critical policy changes around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) being considered by the USDA,” said GBFB Director of Public Affairs Catherine Drennan, “September is the perfect time to take action in support of the thousands of people across our state that face hunger every day. If we don’t act now, nearly 90,000 Massachusetts residents could lose access to their nutrition benefits and more than half a million kids might lose their school meals.”
Hunger Action Month is a national awareness campaign by Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the country. For more information about Hunger Action Month, participating events, how to advocate for hunger policies and the social media campaign, please visit gbfb.org/hungeractionmonth.
About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB provides the equivalent of 50 million healthy meals annually distributed through its network of more than 500 member agencies in the 190 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB operates four direct service programs at nearly 70 sites throughout the area. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more than 140,000 people every month in its mission to create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit us at GBFB.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank) and Instagram, or call us at 617.427.5200.