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Hunger impacts people in every corner of the country, including 100,000 of our neighbors in central and southern Illinois. And given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, that number may increase this year.

That’s why Central Illinois Foodbank joins Feeding America® food banks nationwide this September to take part in Hunger Action MonthTM and inspire people to take action and bring attention to the reality of food insecurity in America. This year’s campaign comes at a critical time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt millions of people living paycheck to paycheck. Due to staggering unemployment rates, Feeding America estimates an additional 17 million people could be food insecure in 2020 as a result of this crisis, bringing the total up to 54 million people. 

“Ensuring that children, seniors and families in our community have access to nutritious foods, including fresh produce, is a priority for the Foodbank,” said Pam Molitoris, executive director of Central Illinois Foodbank. “We encourage everyone to get involved this September and all year, to help raise awareness of hunger in our community and across the nation. Your actions can help provide nutritious meals for our neighbors.”

Central Illinois Foodbank fights hunger 365 days a year. During Hunger Action Month, AND throughout the rest of the year, we invite you to take an active role in this fight with us. How can you help?

  • Volunteer at a pop-up food giveaway hosted by the Foodbank, or volunteer at a local food pantry
  • Make a financial donation
  • Spread the word about the realities of food insecurity
  • Light up the town by wearing orange during Hunger Action Month

You can also take part in Hunger Action Month by participating in Walmart and Sam’s Club’s nationwide Round-Up Campaign. Through September 30, 2020, you can round up your purchase online through Walmart.com or through the Walmart app. Every Action Counts.

“We need your help now more than ever,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Hunger in this country existed long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has thrust more and more of our neighbors into food insecurity, and food banks are responding to a sustained, increased demand. With support of the community, together we can end hunger one helping at a time.”

September marks the thirteenth year the Feeding America network has organized this annual call to action. To learn more about Central Illinois Foodbank and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month in central and southern Illinois, please browse our website or visit HungerActionMonth.org. You can also join the conversation by posting photos or stories to social media with #HungerActionMonth, @CentralILFoodbank and @FeedingAmerica.

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