Hunger Action Day raises awareness for food insecure residents
September is Hunger Action Month, and food banks across the country raise awareness and educate people on the high levels of food insecurity.
14% of Northern Indiana residents are food insecure, meaning that they don't know when or how they will receive their next meal.
September 8 is Hunger Action Day, the kickoff for the awareness month. People wear orange to show their support in helping the community overcome their hunger.
This is the 9th year that the Feeding America networks of food banks have organized a call for action, and this is the 7th year for the Northern Indiana chapter.
Their goal is to educate the community in order to make a change, and to make sure no one goes hungry.
South Bend businesses are working with the food bank to do their part. Bendix Coffee, Chicory Cafe, and South Bend Brew Works will be selling SOUL coffee. This coffee is a special Brazilian roast that is made especially for the food bank.
All proceeds from the SOUL coffee sales will be used to provide healthy food options at the food bank.
The community is encouraged to get involved and help out as well. The food bank is always looking for volunteers to help sort or pack food for their clients, but also are in need of donations to make sure the food bank's kitchen is fully stocked.