Hunger Action Month

All September Long

WHAT IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH™?

This September the Arkansas Foodbank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.

In Central and Southern Arkansas, more than 287,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in FOUR kids and seniors who may not have enough to eat.

How to Participate

Advocate. Educate. Volunteer. Donate. Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger. Take action today by contacting the Arkansas Foodbank at 501-565-8121 to get involved.  Together we are united to fight hunger!

Harvest Night (September 10, 5pm-8pm, Arkansas Foodbank Warehouse)   “Harvest Night” is the marquee event for September’s Hunger Action Month and the first event for the newly merged Arkansas Foodbank. Held in the warehouse of the Foodbank, this family friendly event includes southern-style cuisine, including catfish using rice oil, craft beverages provided by local breweries, live entertainment and many children’s activities. Tickets are $30 for adults; children get in free!  Purchase tickets here: www.arkansasfoodbank.org/harvest-night

Rice Day (September 29, 11am, Arkansas Foodbank Warehouse) September is also National Rice Month. Arkansas is the largest rice-growing state in the nation, producing nearly 9 billion pounds annually. Join us in celebration on September 29 as the Arkansas rice industry makes a large donation to help feed hungry Arkansans.

Hunger Action Day with Big Orange! (September 8-14 at both Big Orange locations)  Hunger Action Day will be on September 8th this year and what better way to celebrate than a bite to eat at Big Orange! All week long, Big Orange will be selling items highlighting the color of Hunger Action Month: ORANGE!   No you won’t see an orange burger. But you might want to try out their delicious sweet potato fries and their special sweet potato pie shake.  All proceeds go toward fighting hunger in your communities.

Panera Bread Co. (All September)  Visit any central Arkansas Panera location and round up your change to the nearest dollar for the Arkansas Foodbank. Every dollar collected provides FIVE meals for hungry Arkansans.

CANstruction (September 3-9,  Statehouse Convention Center, Downtown Little Rock) Get ready for #CANstruction 2016 at the Statehouse Convention Center!  If you are a fan of architecture or just want to see some cool and creative designs out of canned goods, check out this fun competition between 10 local design firms.  Each team competes to create a piece of art out of non-perishable items.  Stop by during the week of September 3rd-9th and vote for your favorite design!

Family Night (September 20, 6pm-8pm) Looking to volunteer for the first time at the Arkansas Foodbank?  Why not bring the family out for Family Night! Help box food items for families in need at our warehouse. Just visit our volunteer page to sign up: www.arkansasfoodbank.org/volunteer/

Great Southern Stone-Skipping Competition (September 3, 9am, Greers Ferry Lake in Fairfield Bay) If you grew up in the South, there is a great chance that when you saw a flat-rounded stone near a pond or creek, you picked it up and skipped it across the water. Well now that childhood dream is a competition. The first Great Southern Stone-Skipping Championships will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 on Greers Ferry Lake in Fairfield Bay. The event will include categories for children 12 and younger and adults 13 and older.  Entry fee is $10 with all proceeds benefitting member agencies of the Foodbank in the Greers Ferry area.

Social Media

There are 185,000 Arkansas children who don’t always get enough to eat, which means they sometimes don’t have the fuel they need to tackle the day, especially in the classroom. So while it’s tough to do basic activities on empty, it’s easy to make a difference.

The Hunger Action Month 2016 campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and a promising future at risk.

Take action with Feeding America food banks for Hunger Action Month by taking an Empty Plate Selfie – find a paper plate, scribble what you couldn’t do on an empty stomach and post a photo to social media with #HungerActionMonth. Tag @FeedingAmerica and @ARFoodbank to join the conversation.