September is Hunger Action Month 30 ways in 30 days

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

JONESBORO -- The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is part of a national movement to raise awareness and take action to fight hunger in America.

September is Hunger Action Month. Throughout the month, Feeding America's nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, including the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, is working to engage citizens to take action through the 30 Ways in 30 Days campaign. Individuals are asked to pledge their "way" to make a difference, and take part in the fight against hunger in America.

As part of Hunger Action Month, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas will offer tours of their new facility, located at 3414 One Place, from 9am-5pm on Thursday, Sept. 5. That's national "Go Orange" day and everyone is encouraged to wear orange on that date to show support of hunger relief efforts.

Arkansas is currently tied with Mississippi as the state with the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. This means that many families don't know where they will get their next meal. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas serves more than 5,100 different individuals each week by providing emergency food assistance in 12 counties in Northeast Arkansas. Throughout September, everyone is encouraged to get involved with the Food Bank to help fight hunger.

According to Christie Jordan, Executive Director for the Food Bank, the smallest gift can make a big difference to those in need in Northeast Arkansas.

"If each of us contributes in ways that are manageable for us as individuals or our families, the results are amazing!" Jordan said. "Literally thousands of individuals contribute money, food, and volunteer hours each year to help the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas carry out its mission. We couldn't do this work without their help."

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is asking coworkers, corporations, community groups, and individuals to participate in Hunger Action Month in many easy ways. Participants can commit to volunteer, organize a food drive, or make monetary or food donations to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

Community participants can visit www.foodbankofnea.org to learn more about the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. For additional information, you may call 870-932-3663 (FOOD) or e-mail vpillow@foodbankofnea.org.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas works to eliminate hunger by distributing food to people in need through a network of non-profit agencies and programs.

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