September is Hunger Action Month, and to get South Floridians to "go orange," Feeding South Florida, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is celebrating Hunger Action Month, a national initiative launched by Feeding America® with programs to help end hunger in the region. With a one-to-one match of up to $25,000 from Delta Air Lines during the month, monetary contributions are double; "Food Shouldn't Be an Impossible Choice" is this year's theme.
Due to inflation, a stressed supply chain, rising fuel prices, rising housing expenses, and other circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization had to provide wholesome food to over *1.1 million people at a previously unheard-of rate.
"The community's support comes at a crucial time when the demand for food has increased significantly due to inflation at its highest in 13 years and rising food costs," said Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida.
"Hunger Action Month is a great opportunity for the community to be a part of a month-long initiative that has a real and lasting impact on our mission of ending hunger in South Florida. We are proud to serve the South Florida community for over 40 years and will continue to do whatever it takes to provide access to nutritious food, tools and education for economic growth throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties," he added.
Feeding South Florida will display the winning artwork from its third annual "Feed Your Creativity" Art Competition in honor of Hunger Action Month to encourage action toward eradicating hunger in the United States. One of the Coral Springs Charter School's 36-foot tractor-trailers that travels through the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe will have a truck wrap featuring artwork created by sixth-grader Caeden Khouri. On September 9, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the event will be held at 2501 SW 32 Terrace in Pembroke Park.
During Hunger Action Month, South Floridians can help in many ways, including:
· Throughout the month, individuals can host an orange bake sale, government and municipalities can proclaim Hunger Action Month, hotels can welcome guests with an in-room display that showcases Hunger Action Month, and schools can develop students' skills by creating a project to promote hunger awareness, and much more!
· During 2021's Hunger Action Month, several landmark buildings, including The Breakers, Miami Tower, and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Guitar Hotel, participated in "GO ORANGE DAY" by turning their lights Orange.
· Register an individual or company's #GoOrange to be added to Feeding South Florida's community activity calendar. Contact Emily Brown at [email protected].
Feeding South Florida is a part of the Feeding America network of food banks and serves the counties of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. It aims to abolish hunger in the region by providing instant access to nourishing food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy campaigns, and transforming lives through creative programming and education. It supports 25% of the state's population who are food insecure. For additional information, visit the website.
Photography by: Courtesy Feeding South Florida