Here in Louisiana, we have dealt with overwhelming disasters. From hurricanes to oil spills, we have proved to be resilient. But do you realize that there is an everyday disaster that many Americans across the country deal with in silence? It’s not a disaster that makes headlines on the national news and many don’t realize the gravity of the situation, but hunger is a reality. It is estimated that 49 million Americans are at risk for hunger. This includes 1 in 6 children that are currently living in a food insecure household. What is a food insecure household? It means that these children are not sure where there next meal is coming from. They are at risk for not receiving the proper nutrients essential to growth and development and good health. The problem is not going away and has shown to have increased by 36% since 2007. The truth is that wherever you live you probably know someone affected by hunger. Don’t assume there is certain face of hunger. Many hard-working adults, children, and seniors are affected.
Started in 1982, he Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the charge to eliminate hunger in Louisiana. In December 2007, the Second Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors adopted a long-term strategic plan with ambitious goals — among them, to increase annual food distribution to 38 million meals across the 23 parish service area by 2013. There are simple ways that you and your family can help them reach their goal and help fight hunger. September is Hunger Action Month and the Second Harvest Food Bank and Entergy are teaming up on the Power to Fight Hunger campaign which encourages the community to participate in “30 Ways in 30 Days.” Everyone is encouraged to find simple, actionable ways to participate by advocating or raising awareness, making donations of food or funds, or volunteering. If you are in the New Orleans area you can attend a Harvest the Music concert series in Lafayette Square. The eight week concert series will take place each Wednesday from September 14- November 2 from 5-7:30PM in Lafayette Square. All proceeds from the series will help fight hunger. Visit http://www.harvestthemusic.orgfor the full line up and details.
Even if you’re not in the Greater New Orleans area, there are many ways in which you can help in your community.
“Like” the Power to Care Facebook page to help spread the message about the Power to Fight Hunger campaign.
- Download the Power to Fight Hunger 30 Ways in 30 Days calendarfor daily ways that you and your family can take action. The Power to Fight Hunger 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar outlines doable ways individuals and families can join the fight against hunger. The items on the calendar can be done year-round!
- Attend Harvest the Music. The eight week concert series will take place each Wednesday from September 14- November 2 from 5-7:30PM in Lafayette Square. All proceeds from the series will help fight hunger. Visit http://www.harvestthemusic.orgfor the full line up and details.
- Pick up a Power to #Fight Hunger yard sign to display at your home or office from Harvest the Music (Wednesdays September 14 – November 2 at Lafayette Square beginning at 5pm) or the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse located at 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans LA 70123 (Monday – Friday, 8am until 4pm).
- Plan, organize, or promote a local or school food drive.
- When hosting an event, offer a discounted rate if attendees donate non-perishable food items.
Volunteer at your local food bank.