DES MOINES, Iowa –One in six Americans has trouble putting enough food on the table. One in five Iowa kids goes hungry on occasion. September is dedicated to raising awareness.
"It's National Hunger Action Month, so all the food banks that are members of Feeding America are participating in a campaign to just ignite the public and get involved in taking action against hunger," Food Bank of Iowa Communications Manager Christina Zink said.
Zink says one way to help is by volunteering. The Food Bank of Iowa offers a variety of shifts during the day, night and weekend. A new option this year is to help sort produce two times a week. Zink says, "This year we have a great opportunity. A local farmer in Madrid donated about six acres of his land. And, so we have volunteers that went out and planted and are now harvesting what we planted."
Volunteer Ron Eckoff says he enjoys bagging potatoes, peppers and more. He says, "Even though I've been here 10 years, this year is the first time I've gotten into sorting produce."
You can also donate money for hunger relief. Zink says, "Money is always appreciated as well. For every $1 we can convert that to 4½ meals."
Click here for volunteering and donation information at Food Bank of Iowa.
Thursday is Hunger Action Day. Mention the day at Panera Bread and the restaurant will donate 10% of sales. Click here for a flyer and locations.