AKRON, Ohio — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video in the player above is from April of 2020
September marks "Hunger Action Month," and the Akron-Canton Region Foodbank is using the occasion to raise awareness about those in need of food not just in Northeast Ohio, but around the country.
During the ensuing month, the foodbank will partner with 200 Feeding American locations across the country to help bring meals to roughly 42 million families nationwide who are facing hunger because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the eight counties served by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank alone, approximately one in seven people will struggle with hunger this year, including one in six children.
"Food shouldn't be an impossible choice," Foodbank president and CEO Dan Flowers said. "So many families in our region are often forced to make impossible choices every day. Your Foodbank is here to help alleviate those choices because everyone deserves to have access to safe and nourishing food. During Hunger Action Month, it’s important for our community to come together to fight hunger. It’s because of our collective work and passion that we’re able to make a difference for our neighbors."
Here are just a few of the ways you can help out during Hunger Action Month:
- Wear orange (the color of hunger relief) on Sept. 17, and share a photo of yourself on social media using the hashtags #acrfb and #HungerActionMonth
- Find out how you can volunteer at akroncantonfoodbank.org/volunteer
- Sign up for action alerts at akroncantonfoodbank.org/advocate
- Donate if you can, with just $1 being enough to provide four meals
- Attend the Foodbank's "Taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" fundraising event on Sept. 14