Hunger Action Month
This September marks the ninth year the Feeding America network of food banks has organized this annual call to action and the seventh year the Food Bank of Northern Indiana has participated in the Hunger Action Month movement. Hunger is a community health, school performance and economic issue that exists in every county in the United States.
Throughout the month, the Food Bank is partnering with businesses and organizations to engage the community and bring awareness to hunger insecurity in northern Indiana.
Thursday, September 8: Hunger Action Day Orange is the symbolic color for hunger awareness. Wear your boldest, brightest orange and encourage others to join you. Support the Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month efforts by sharing photos and starting a conversation about food insecurity on Facebook @Food-Bank-of-Northern-Indiana or on Twitter @FoodBkNIndiana and include #HungerActionMonth.
Chicory Café: On Thursday, September 8, beginning at 6:30 a.m., Chicory Café in downtown South Bend will offer the Food Bank’s SOUL Coffee as its featured brew of the day. A rich Brazilian roast, SOUL Coffee will be available hot or iced. Throughout the month of September, you can purchase retail bags of SOUL Coffee at Chicory, too. The Food Bank has partnered with Bendix Coffee since 2015 to roast SOUL Coffee. Proceeds from SOUL Coffee are used source healthy foods which benefit the Food Bank’s Healthy Choices Programming including the Healthy Choices Market and Healthy Choices Mobile Food Pantries. Chicory Café is located at 105 E. Jefferson Blvd., #103, in downtown South Bend. chicorycafe.net.
South Bend Brew Werks: South Bend Brew Werks has partnered with the Food Bank during the month of September with Hunger Action Brown, SOUL Coffee paired with a warm, malty brown. Whenever you purchase Hunger Action Brown during September at South Bend Brew Werks, they will match the donation made. South Bend Brew Werks is located at 216 S Michigan Street, South Bend. Sbbrewwerks.com.
Fiddler’s Hearth: On Thursday, September 8, Fiddler’s Hearth will donate 10% of receipts to the Food Bank. Fiddler’s Hearth is located at 127 N. Main Street, South Bend. fiddlershearth.com
Just Goods: Throughout the month of September, Just Goods will be selling SOUL Coffee. Just Goods is located at 714 E. Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend. justgoods.mobi Bendix Coffee, Chicory Café, South Bend Brew Werks, Just Goods and Fiddler’s Hearth team members will wear Hunger Action Hero orange t-shirts on Thursday, September 8.
Thursday, September 8: Lighting of Mishawaka’s Central Park Riverwalk Bridge Orange Mishawaka’s Central Park Riverwalk Bridge will be lit orange for nearly two weeks beginning the evening of Thursday, September 8. The Central Park Riverwalk Bridge has been an integral part of the landscape of downtown Mishawaka and provides an outstanding view of the St. Joseph River Overflow Dam. In 2014, the City of Mishawaka announced the $4.5 million renovation plans for Central Park which included color changing LED lights located on the pedestrian bridge, enabling the City of Mishawaka to change colors on these lights for different community events including orange for Hunger Action Month.
Saturday, September 10: 5th Annual Mash the Creek 5.5K and 10K Trail Races at Potato Creek State Park. This challenging off-road course features beautiful scenery, rugged terrain and rolling hills. Registration and packet pick-up will take place from 7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. Cost is $30 per person; students/children ages 15 and under, $15. Potato Creek charges $7 for in-state and $9 for out-of-state park entrance fee. For more information, mashthecreek.com.
Volunteer: Spend a morning or afternoon volunteering at the Food Bank. Opportunities include sorting food, packing Food 4 Kids Backpack or Senior Nutrition Program bags, assisting in the warehouse or Community Food Pantry of St. Joseph County (the Food Bank’s on-site pantry).
Donate: Hold a food drive to benefit the Food Bank’s member agencies. The Food Bank distributes nearly 20,000 pounds of food each day.
Advocate: Invite a community leader to visit the Food Bank to learn about its programs including Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, Healthy Choices Market, Mobile Food Pantry Program and the Senior Nutrition Program.
Educate: 1 in 6 adults in northern Indiana struggle with hunger insecurity. 1 in 4 children live in a food insecure household. 65% of client households had to choose between purchasing food or paying utility bills. 69% of households had to choose between paying for food or medical care in the past 12 months. 60% of households had to choose between paying for food and housing in the past 12 months.
For more information about Hunger Action Month, call (574) 232.9986 ext. 124.
The Food Bank of Northern works in partnership to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties and is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) and United Way.
A $1.00 donation buys nearly three meals. 94 cents of every dollar donated goes back into our community to support programming.