Southeast Texas Food Bank Joins Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month Campaign to Ensure Food Isn’t an Impossible Choice for 1 in 5 People Facing Hunger in Southeast Texas.
Hunger Action Month Campaign Aims to Inspire the Public to Get Involved and Raise Awareness of Hunger in America.
BEAUMONT, TX – September 1, 2021 – For Hunger Action Month® this September, Southeast Texas Food Bank will join Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make a real and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities, and they are asking for the public’s support.
September marks the 14th year Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including Southeast Texas Food Bank, and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, has organized the annual call to action. This year’s campaign presents the impossible choices that millions of Americans must make between food and other basic needs.
“For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “For people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help people achieve long-term food security, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
During the month of September, people across the Southeast Texas area can get involved in the movement by learning, committing, and speaking up about ways to ending hunger.
“The effects of Covid and the various weather events have served to continue the increase in those in SE Texas with food insecurity,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of Southeast Texas Food Bank. “As the SE Texas Foodbank continues to respond to the hungry in SE Texas, we can’t do it without the help of our many volunteers and donors. Your support allows us to provide meals to families, seniors, and children. Last year, we distributed nearly 9 million meals through our 104 agency partners. Thank you to all volunteers and donors for your active continued support.”
Hunger Action Month is a time to mobilize to end hunger. You can choose to donate or advocate. You can choose to volunteer or raise awareness. You can choose to help end hunger. Learn more about how you can take action by visiting https://setxfoodbank.org/get-involved.
About Southeast Texas Food Bank
The Southeast Texas Food Bank traces its origins to 1991 when it operated as a satellite distribution organization of the Houston Food Bank. By 2002, the SETX Food Bank became an independent food bank in the Feeding America network, affording it greater opportunities for donations from national food manufacturers. In 2020, the Food Bank distributed over 8 million meals to their community. Visit https://setxfoodbank.org to learn more and how to get involved.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.