Hunger Action Month, observed every September, is crucial in raising awareness about one of the most pressing issues: hunger and food insecurity. This month-long campaign is not only a call to action but also an opportunity to shed light on the staggering number of individuals who may not know where their next meal is coming from.
In just Los Angeles County, 2 million individuals are struggling with food insecurity. Hunger affects individuals from all walks of life. Children who experience food insecurity are more likely to face difficulties in school, leading to a cycle of limited opportunities and potential. Hunger has a cascading impact on entire communities and economies, as it can increase healthcare costs, reduce labor productivity, and perpetuate poverty.
Experts recently shared that older adults who faced food insecurity experienced quicker cognitive declines compared to their food-secure counterparts, reports the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). Food-insecure older adults are more likely to struggle with malnutrition, depression, and physical functioning impediments.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank works with more than 600 partner agencies to make sure no one goes hungry in LA County. From weekend meals for children through the BackPack Program to home deliveries for seniors, the Food Bank and its partner agencies distributed 110 million pounds of food and product in 2022, the equivalent of 88 million meals.
If you’re looking to make a difference in your community this month, or any month of the year, you can get involved in the following ways.
Tens of thousands of individuals choose to volunteer at the Food Bank throughout the year. Whether you’re volunteering on your own, with friends and family, or with colleagues, in just three hours of the day, you will help the Food Bank sort, glean, pack, and distribute food for those struggling with food insecurity.
You can choose to volunteer at the Food Bank’s South Los Angeles warehouse, at the new City of Industry warehouse, or a partner agency. Volunteer opportunities are available on weekdays and Saturdays at the Food Bank. Learn more about volunteer opportunities>
If you are not able to donate your time, donating funds to the Food Bank also goes a long way toward supporting our programs. The Food Bank has many ways to donate funds, whether it’s a one-time donation, monthly donation, cryptocurrency, stock, vehicles or joining the FeedingLA Tomorrow Legacy Society.
Gather friends, family, colleagues, and others to get involved in fighting hunger in LA County! Start a virtual fundraiser on behalf of the Food Bank and support your community. Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or any day fundraiser, you’ll be helping feed individuals and families struggling with food insecurity. Learn more about Team #WeFeedLA>
Did you know that thousands of companies choose to match their employee donations? Many companies match their employees’ donations as a great way to show them they also care about the causes they believe in while making double the impact in the community. Find out here if your company matches donations>
It’s thanks to volunteers and donors that the Food Bank is able to be a highly efficient organization. Consider donating to the Food Bank, or volunteering your time to help those in need.