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Hunger Action Day efforts seek to end hunger in Michiana

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is encouraging people to go big and bright in honor of Hunger Action Day Thursday by wearing orange!

September is Hunger Action Month, and the Food Bank wants to help stop hunger in the area. One in every six adults and one in every four children go hungry every day in Michiana.

Marijo Martinec, associate director of the Food Bank says she’s excited to see the community come together to help fight hunger.

“I am geeked and thrilled that Tapastrie in downtown South Bend is dying the fountain orange outside the Morris Performing Arts Center for Hunger Action Day,” said Martinec. “So that’s pretty cool in our community. We have a little monument of our own that people can go take pictures by.”

The Food Banks is asking to be tagged in photos and encouraging the use of the hashtag #HungerActionMonth.

Posting on social media is one easy way to bring awareness to the hunger problem, but Martinec says there are many other ways to do that.

“We have four words: donate, volunteer, advocate, educate,” said Martinec.

She says the Food Bank distributes about 22,000 pounds of food every day.

 “We are always in need of food, and really a couple of cans can make a difference,” she said.

Volunteers are also always in demand. Assistant Warehouse Manager Bill Nowostowski says he needs about 30 volunteers every day to keep up.

South Bend Brew Werks is also joining in by crafting a special brew called Hunger Action Brown. It is made from the Food Bank’s Soul Coffee beans, and will be available throughout the month of September. A portion of the money used to buy the ale will go back to the Food Bank.

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