September is Hunger Action Month, when we come together as a community to spread awareness of hunger and take action to make sure everyone has access to the food they need. We have special volunteer shifts, donation challenges, and many other ways to get involved this month. No matter how you choose to act, no action is too big or too small – and although some actions might not be as obvious as others, they are all equally as important!
One area in which you can take action now is through advocacy. Advocating on behalf of yourself, your neighbors, and your community is vital to our work in solving hunger. In order to build stronger, healthier communities, here are a few advocacy actions you can take today, tomorrow, and throughout the month:
Getting an accurate Census count will help feed our community. Why? Because the Census count impacts funding for many federal nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The National School Lunch Program. Each state receives funding for such programs based on the number of people counted in the Census. Getting an accurate count in Illinois, and across the nation, can help ensure our neighbors are getting federal assistance in times of need. This month is your last chance to complete the Census – September 30 is the deadline. You count, so make sure you get counted!
On National Voter Registration Day (September 22), we’re encouraging you to register to vote to end hunger, and help spread the word to others! How? Follow and share our Tweet-storm that day, and encourage your friends and family to register. If you’re not sure whether or not you are already a registered voters, you can find out by clicking here.
How does registering to vote help solve hunger? Easy – when you vote, you are exercising your power to elect legislators who are dedicated to eliminating hunger in our community. The first step? Making sure you’re registered.
Solving hunger should be a priority for all of our elected officials. This pandemic has impacted our nation greatly, but we still don’t have another stimulus bill that ensures neighbors can feed their families.
You can make a difference by sending emails, making calls, or writing your members of Congress. Ask them to prioritize hunger by including a 15% SNAP increase, an extension of child nutrition waivers, and an increase in the purchasing of food commodities in the next stimulus bill. Find your elected officials and their contact information here. Your voice can make a difference in making sure every plate is filled!
You can help solve hunger from your phone or computer! An important piece of advocating for our neighbors is raising awareness. This month, we’ll be sharing important information about hunger in our community, federal nutrition programs, voting, the 2020 Census, and more across all of our social media channels. You can follow us to learn about these issues and share information. Interested in advocating to solve hunger through social media more often? Learn how you can become a Social Media Ambassador.
Advocacy is an important action you can take – during Hunger Action Month and always! To learn more about how you can join us in advocating to solve hunger, visit our webpage.