NEPTUNE – September is Hunger Action Month and the public is being sought by Fulfill to help spread awareness and to feed those in need at the Jersey Shore.
“September is a month where we can stand together to fight hunger in our community. It’s a month to spread the message about the impact of hunger, take action, and dedicate resources to provide nutritious food to people, families, seniors, and veterans struggling with hunger in Monmouth and Ocean Counties,” said Lauren Holman, Fulfill’s Board Chair.
To help rally support, Fulfill is encouraging people to be a “Hunger Hero” in their mission to #Feed365. A special calendar for September was created by Fulfill with suggestions on what everyone can do to become involved.
Suggestions include starting a food collection, signing up for a volunteer shift at Fulfill, sharing posts on social media, and linking Fulfill to an Amazon Smile account. On Hunger Action Day, Friday, September 17 people were asked to wear orange, the color of hunger.
Parents and teachers are also encouraged to sign their schools up for the Students Change Hunger (SCH) at fulfillnj.org/students-change-hunger. This is a friendly competition where schools and youth community groups host food and/or fund drives. It runs through January 14, 2022.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Fulfill was feeding 136,000 people, including 50,000 children. Today, Fulfill is feeding 215,000 people, including 70,000 children. Fulfill served 3.8 million more meals since the coronavirus crisis affected the Jersey Shore, and the demand for food increased 40 percent.
Representatives of the organization noted that 95 cents of every dollar donated to Fulfill goes directly to feeding the hungry. To donate or volunteer, go to fulfillnj.org.