Millions of Americans already struggled with hunger before the Covid-19 pandemic, but hunger levels have skyrocketed since the crisis began. Nearly 40 percent of children in the U.S. are currently experiencing food insecurity, as well as nearly 18 percent of adults. Here are ways you can join us to take action against hunger this month:
Hunger Free America partners with organizations across the country to engage people in volunteerism that will help in the fight against hunger. Our volunteer opportunities include food pantry and soup kitchen help, food delivery service, and online and virtual initiatives such as phone banking to make Americans aware of food resources near them. We also have a number of strategic volunteerism opportunities, where you can use your professional skills to help an anti-hunger organization with projects such as database development, accounting, and research. Find a volunteer opportunity with Hunger Free America to give back to your community this Hunger Action Month!
America is experiencing a massive hunger crisis, and we need food aid from the federal government now. The next Covid-19 relief bill MUST contain additional funding for SNAP as well as an extension of the Pandemic-EBT program, which lifted millions of children out of hunger during the last few months. The House of Representatives has already included these increases in the Heroes Act, but the Senate has failed to boost funding for food assistance programs. Contact your Senator or sign Hunger Free America's petition urging the Senate to act now so that more Americans don't have to struggle with food insecurity as the effects of the pandemic continue.
Get help to your friends and community members
If you are in need of food, help is available. Call the Hunger Hotline to find out where you can go to pick up emergency food and how to apply for federally-funded food benefits such as SNAP (food stamps). The Hotline associates will direct you to the closest location near you or will provide information about programs that deliver food if you are unable to leave your home. If you live in New York City, our Benefits Access team can assist you through every step of the SNAP and WIC application process, either over the phone or in-person, as well as direct you to further resources.
Learn about hunger
An estimated 54 million Americans are struggling with food insecurity this year, nearly double the 2019 rate. While food pantries and soup kitchens provide crucial resources during times of crisis, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) delivers 9x as much food every year as food pantries, soup kitchens, and charitable distributions combined while also bolstering local economies. That's why it's so important this month to spread the word about SNAP and to ask Congress to boost funding for federal food aid programs such as SNAP, WIC, Pandemic-EBT, and school meals departments in the next Covid-19 relief bill.
Your vote MATTERS! Fight hunger this month by finding out where candidates stand on food aid. You have the power to vote individuals into office who care about affordable food, living wage jobs, and affordable housing. Use this power this November as you research candidates and decide who would best help lift the 54 million food insecure Americans out of hunger.
Hunger Free America uses donations to print copies of our NYC Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, to build a comprehensive national database of food resources across the country, to increase the capacity of our Benefits Access team, and to launch advocacy campaigns like our Hunger Billboard Campaign calling Americans to action. We are grateful for your generosity! Donate today.