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HAM 2018 – Take action this September!

24/Aug/18 / 06:00

Every September, we join food banks across the country in Hunger Action Month (HAM) – a national initiative, established by Feeding America, designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. With the help of the caring members of our communities, we’re raising awareness for those who struggle with hunger and food insecurity – those who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
 
Hunger is an overlooked issue in our communities. Our neighbors who face hunger, struggling to make ends meet and to provide consistent and healthy meals for themselves and their families, are just that – our neighbors. The face of hunger looks like the face of a soccer mom, a skilled worker, an elderly neighbor who found themselves in a place of need after life took an unexpected turn.
 
The Food Bank works to not only provide nearly 66 million meals every year, but also to raise awareness in the community – to unite volunteers, donors, and advocates in a shared mission to solve hunger in Northern Illinois. We need your help and support in to ensure every person – children, families, seniors, veterans, men and women – has access to nutritious food for every meal each day.
 
Join us in taking action this September! Attend an event, learn about hunger in our community, and be assured that what you do matters. Your support makes a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. To get started, visit our Hunger Action Month page for ways you can get involved and to view a full list of events happening this September, including:
 

Pack-A-Thons

 
Help us break our record and pack 150,000 pounds of food for our community! You’ll have the opportunity to take home prizes, as well as be a part of incredible volunteer force making a real difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors. Register online at our North Suburban Center (Park City) or Northwest Center (Rockford), or our new South Suburban Center (Joliet). To learn more, contact the Volunteer Team – email or call 630-443-6910.
 
Volunteer shifts include 7:00-9:00am, 9:30-11:30am, 12:30-2:30pm, and 3:00-5:00pm.
 

  • September 7 at the North Suburban Center (330 Keller Drive / Park City, IL 60085)
  • September 21 at the South Suburban Center (171 South Larkin Avenue / Joliet, IL 60436)
  • September 28 at the Northwest Center (765 Research Parkway / Rockford, IL 61109)

 

Advocacy Roundtable

 
At the heart of the Food Bank’s mission are the people we serve. With that in mind, the Food Bank invites our neighbors, member agencies, legislators, and supporters to a roundtable event to dispel the myths and build partnerships to solve hunger in Northern Illinois.
 
RSVP online by September 14 at SolveHungerToday.org/Roundtable
 
For more information, please contact Teresa Schryver here.
 

Pass the Plate

 
Returning for its second year is this delicious opportunity for you to get involved! Several restaurants in our service area are “passing the plate” with the Food Bank to help solve hunger in Northern Illinois.
 
They will be raising awareness and funds for our hungry neighbors in a variety of ways including special Pass the Plate menu options and discounts for donations to the Food Bank.
 
Find a participating restaurant near you and enjoy a night out with friends and family this September!
 

Get involved, stay involved

 
We encourage you to get involved this September and signup for our email communications to stay updated on how you can make a difference throughout the year! Together, we are solving hunger for our neighbors facing tough choices in Northern Illinois every day.


 

How You Can Help:

 

  • Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing food
  • Donate to help us solve hunger in your community – every $1 donated provides $8 worth of food.

 

 
 
 
 

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