September is Hunger Action Month (HAM) at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and across the nation! The Feeding America nationwide network of foodbanks unites to urge individuals to take action in their communities - all month long. This September, individuals, businesses and government mobilize to increase awareness of local food insecurity and work to fight hunger! HAM is a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our mission to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois.
You are able to make a difference every day during the month of September with our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar. Our calendar features a number of different ways that you can make an impact -- from writing to your local legislators, dedicating your Facebook page to hunger and taking the SNAP Hunger Challenge. There is something that everyone can do. Find YOUR opportunity! Click here to download your 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar.
Join us for Operation Orange - EIF's first 12-hour repack from 2pm Friday, September 5th until 2am Saturday, September 6th! Individuals and groups (age 10+) of up to 30 volunteers will be repacking bulk product into family size portions to be distributed to 220 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters across EIF’s 14-county region. Children under 10 years old and their families can join our Kid's Zone from 4 pm - 8 pm on September 5th. All volunteers who register by August 29 will be provided offical repack gear - an OPERATION ORANGE t-shirt - to wear while repacking. Click here to register for Operation Orange! ***Volunteers must register before attending Operation Orange***
Take the SNAP Hunger Challenge by eating on just $4.50 a day for one week. Shop for your meals with the daily average per person benefit provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) to get a sense of some of the challenges faced by those struggling to put food on the table. Budget $4.50 for the day and share your experience with family and friends to raise awareness of the importance of this critical nutrition program.