Feeding America® Network Food Banks of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (FARSB) reports more than 800,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in 4 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. This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between hunger and health.
Hunger Action Day®, the second Thursday in September, is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact. On September 13th, FARSB asks supporters to share what they couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on an empty plate, “On an empty stomach I can’t ______,” and filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition they need to thrive. To join the conversation readers are encouraged to post their photos on #HungerActionMonth, @FeedingAmericaIE and @FeedingAmerica.
Throughout the month of September, FARSB has planned many activities to engage the community in hunger relief and awareness building. They include weekend volunteer opportunities, encouragement of community led food drives, NORMS Restaurant’s “#MakeCaringtheNorm $3 donation campaign,” and the Souplantation “Better Neighbor Project” register donation campaign.
FARSB was launched in 1980 as “Survive Food Bank” in response to the increasing concern about the dual problems of hunger and food waste in the Inland Empire. Today, FARSB is the primary source of food for over 475 nonprofit organizations and distributes more than 2.5 million pounds of food monthly to emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, high-need elementary schools, halfway houses, senior centers, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, after school programs and group homes.
More than 425,000 men, women and children each month rely on the food bank’s distribution center to make ends meet.