This September Feeding South Florida® – the leading hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties – embarks on Hunger Action Month with free and affordable events the entire community can participate in to take action and stand against hunger.
Currently, one in nine individuals in South Florida remain uncertain about where they will get their next meal, in addition to the 1.1 million hungry families who are receiving food assistance from Feeding South Florida. This is why, Feeding South Florida encourages the community to prepare in advance of September to determine how their municipality, company, civic or social group, friends and family members will “GO ORANGE” and mobilize the various hunger-relief events found on feedingsouthflorida.org/events/.
An online auction during the month will allow bidders to access to fun, unique items while supporting hunger-relief. Go Orange t-shirts and orange moustaches will be available for purchase to raise awareness about hunger and inspire others to take action towards ending it. Monetary donations will go further during September with a one-to-one match. Every donation is critical as $1 donated allows Feeding South Florida to provide approximately four meals to a family in need.
Hunger Action Events:
Media is invited to run, participate in, or attend any of the Hunger Action Month events.
Special Hunger Action Volunteer Shifts (Sept. 1 – Sept. 29) – The community is invited to volunteer to sort food and pack meal boxes for families, children and seniors and be part of the hands-on efforts to feed South Florida. Orange-themed events, prizes and more will be available to Go Orange during the month. Cost: FREE
Moustache Monday (Sept. 18) – Purchase an orange moustache to wear on this day to show support for the Feeding South Florida’s hunger-relief efforts. Capture a selfie to post and tag: @FeedingSouthFlorida on Facebook, @feedingsouthflorida on Instagram and @feedingsouthfl on Twitter using hashtags: #hungeractionmonth, #endhunger, #goorange. Cost: $5
Outrun Hunger 5K (Saturday, Sept. 23/Also Hunger Action Day) – This event takes place at the beautiful Okeeheelee Park (7715 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33413). Participants can run or walk as an individual or a team and raise funds online before race day for Feeding South Florida. This is a great event for running groups and fitness classes to attend to obtain a benchmark run time. Cost: $25 for registration; $40 for registration + 5K T-shirt; $250 for Hunger Hero package.
“Hunger Action Month is a great opportunity for the community to come together and be a part of the solution. This month-long initiative has a tangible and lasting impact on Feeding South Florida’s mission to end hunger in South Florida,” stated Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida. “It’s important to remember that our community is still experiencing the effects of increased inflation with rising food costs, fuel prices, ballooning insurance premiums and increased housing costs. Earning at or below minimum wage and living on it in South Florida is not easy to do in this environment, this means more families will continue to need food assistance for a longer period of time as this trend continues.”
About Feeding South Florida®
Feeding South Florida is a member of the Feeding America network and is the leading hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Providing support for 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population, its mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger, and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida served more than *1.1 million individuals through direct-service programs and a local network of more than 350 nonprofit and community partners. Visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954-518-1818.
*FY July 2021–June 2022