Jacksonville, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2015) – Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) joins more than 200 affiliates of the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks to promote Hunger Action Month in September – a national initiative to mobilize the community to join the movement to help end hunger.
Hunger advocates from Northeast Florida and across the country are working together this month to shine a light on the issue of hunger and the one-in-six people who face hunger in Northeast Florida – including about 38,000 in Northeast Florida who receive food assistance each day.
“Of those we serve, nearly half are working families, about 29 percent are children and 15 percent are seniors, so Feeding Northeast Florida is eager to rally around Hunger Action Month as we continue our fight to solve this issue,” said FNEFL President and CEO Bruce Ganger. “Hunger is an issue that affects a broad demographic – our child’s classmate, our office coworker or our neighbor down the street. September is an opportunity for all hunger-relief advocates to take simple steps towards supporting those in need.”
Feeding Northeast Florida is participating in the new ‘Spoontember’ online initiative. To get involved, supporters can share a ‘spoon selfie’ or video of themselves balancing a spoon on their nose – a utensil that is most often used to prepare and provide food for others – and challenge friends and family to join them to generate awareness of all 49 million Americans who may not know where they’ll find their next meal.
FNEFL is providing several opportunities for residents to get involved in Hunger Action Month in Northeast Florida:
• Taking part in the Art Walk in downtown Jacksonville on Wed., Sept 2 from 5 to 9 p.m., where they can take a ‘spoon selfie’ at a FNEFL selfie-station and share it with their friends on social media
• Opportunities to volunteer to sort, package and distribute food through its Food Distribution Center located at 1116 Edgewood Avenue North
• Making a monetary donation on the FNEFL website, where every $1 donated equals seven meals for a family in need
Individuals can also help show their support for hunger relief and Spoontember by joining the Hunger Action Month Thunderclap on Hunger Action Day, Thursday September 3, at 12 p.m. (EST). By visiting the Hunger Action Month Thunderclap Page, advocates can synchronize a Thunderclap Facebook and Twitter message to be shared in tandem with thousands of others to raise awareness about domestic hunger.
“Domestic hunger affects every community in our nation, preventing millions of families, seniors and children from thriving,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “This September we all are given a chance to come together and make a difference for those facing hunger.”
To learn more about Hunger Action Month and Spoontember, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.