People urged to wear orange Thursday for a cause

Connecticut Food Bank is urging people to wear orange — the color of hunger relief — on Thursday, Sept. 5 as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in local communities during Hunger Action Month.

Those who wear orange on Sept. 5 are encouraged to take a photo of themselves, family, friends or co-workers and email them to for posting on Connecticut Food Bank’s Facebook page and website.

In honor of Hunger Action Month, the front of both Waterbury City Hall and the Chase Municipal Building in Waterbury will glow orange for the entire month of September to help shine light on hunger.

And in New Haven, East Rock Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be lit up orange from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6.

Impacts 520,000 CT residents

Hunger affects more than 520,000 people in Connecticut, including more than 157,000 children, on a year-round basis.

Each September, Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks around the country engages citizens to raise awareness about how pervasive hunger is in every community.

Connecticut Food Bank, based in East Haven, serves about 650 local emergency food assistance programs, distributing an average of 36 tons of food every business day.

For every $1 donated to the Connecticut Food Bank, the nonprofit organization can feed a person for one day. Learn more at

‘Exists in every community’

“Hunger Action Month gives us the opportunity to focus on the problem of hunger, and encourage people to take action to solve hunger,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank president and CEO.

“What many don’t realize is that hunger exists in every community and that they can make a difference by advocating or giving time and energy, sharing information on social media, or donating food and funds,”  Carrington said.

In Connecticut, Citizens Bank is sponsoring Hunger Action Month activities to raise awareness about food insecurity.

How to mark the month

Connecticut Food Bank is promoting Hunger Action Month by:

— Posting a “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar on to provide individuals with ideas to participate throughout the month of September.

— Asking people to take the SNAP (food stamp) challenge and try to live on a $4.50-a-day food budget.

— Offering volunteer opportunities such as apple picking at Connecticut orchards throughout September to help provide fresh, healthy apples to people in need.

—Honoring Hunger Action Heroes who help advance the fight against hunger in Connecticut on Sunday, Sept., 22 at the East Haven warehouse.