WALLINGFORD — The Connecticut Food Bank will work with Feeding America throughout September on a campaign to increase awareness of hunger in local communities.
Feeding America, parent company of the Connecticut Food Bank, is urging residents to participate in Hunger Action Month, and Hunger Action Day on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Connecticut Food Bank CEO Valarie Shultz-Wilson said the goal is to bring attention to hunger and food insecurity.
“We’re asking people to maybe volunteer to give an hour, to give a morning,” Shultz-Wilson said. “We just would like to encourage people to volunteer or donate to a food bank.”
Connecticut Food Bank is also asking residents to wear orange, the color for hunger awareness, throughout the month. Participants can take a photo of themselves wearing orange and email it to the food bank to be shared on its Facebook page.
The food bank is also encouraging participants to share hunger facts on their social media accounts using the #HungerActionMonth hashtag.
“We’re asking people to get involved at the local level and take action,” said Zuani Villarreal, Feeding America’s director of communication.
Feeding America has 200 food banks and 60,000 partner food pantries nationwide, according to a press release.
“This is a moment for people across America to come together and take action in the fight against hunger,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Hunger exists in every state and every county in the country.”
Shultz-Wilson said the Connecticut Food Bank receives around 26 million pounds of food annually and feeds 144,000 people. In Connecticut, one in six children go hungry, she added.
“In a state as wealthy as Connecticut, that’s lost sometimes,” Shultz-Wilson said.
Due to the difficulties that come with the cost of living, they are seeing college students, veterans, and some residents with full-time jobs visit the pantry, Shultz-Wilson said.
“There are many different facets of the population that are suffering from food insecurities,” she said.