Almost 40,000 people in the region are 'food insecure.'
This month North Country Food Bank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, is mobilizing across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger.
Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.
In northwest and west central Minnesota, nearly 40,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in eight kids who may not have enough to eat.
September marks the eleventh year the Feeding America network of food banks has organized this annual call to action and North Country Food Bank is once again participating in the Hunger Action Month movement. This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between hunger and health.
The Hunger Action Month 2018 campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and a promising future at risk.
“North Country Food Bank wants to make sure we are providing access to all of the food products available to those in need, including fresh produce, throughout our service area,” said Susie Novak, executive director of NCFB. “It is our belief that every person struggling with hunger should have access to the most and best foods possible.”
As part of its mission to combat hunger, and in recognition of Hunger Action Month, North Country Food Bank will be holding a produce drop on Wednesday, September 19 starting at 10 AM. Members of the community can pick up fresh produce for free at this time at the future site of NCFB’s new building, on North Broadway near Casey’s General Store.
To learn more about North Country Food Bank and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month in your community, please visit northcountryfoodbank.org or HungerActionMonth.org.