STAFFORD – Both inside and outside of the council meeting room, Stafford Township officials honored September as Hunger Action Month.
Recently, Mayor Gregory Myhre presented a proclamation to Barbara Schultz of Fulfill, formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, in order to raise awareness of hunger and poverty right here at home in Ocean County.
“The Township of Stafford is committed to taking steps to raise awareness about the need to combat hunger,” read Mayor Myhre, who noted that Stafford will be working with Fulfill to educate people about the role and importance of food banks in addressing hunger.
“More than 136,000 individuals in Monmouth and Ocean Counties rely on food provided by the members of Fulfill,” he added.
Myhre also cited that 1 in 10 individuals throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties have also benefited from emergency food provided by Fulfill.
The US Hunger Relief Organization, Feeding America, uses Hunger Action Month to emphasize: every action counts.
“During Hunger Action Month, the Feeding America network of 200 food banks challenge you to help hit our goal of 40,000 actions to end hunger,” reads Feeding America’s website.
Schultz noted that, while it is a national initiative, we still need to do our part on the local scale. Local food banks throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties held events throughout the month of September to draw attention to hunger awareness and help solve the issue one person at a time.
For example, Stafford Township officials jumped in to help at the Manahawkin ShopRite, where Mayor Myhre helped “Bag for Hunger.” Patrons of the local grocery store had the option to round up their bill to help fight hunger.
While it may not be Hunger Action Month anymore, you can still help. To find out what you can do in your own community, or to donate, visit fulfillnj.org/.