Connecticut Food Bank is urging people to wear orange on Thursday, Sept. 6, as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities during Hunger Action Month.
Hunger affects more than 490,000 people, including more than 150,000 children, in Connecticut on a year-round basis, according to the state food bank.
It also has quite an impact here. Shelton's Spooner House is faced with bare shelves right now and needs support and donations to continue to help families in the Valley who are going though tough times.
In September, Feeding America's network of more than 200 food bank around the country are engaging citizens to take action and help spread the word about how pervasive hunger is in every community.
"We are calling on Connecticut residents to do what they can to bring attention to hunger in their communities," said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank's president & CEO. "People can make a difference by advocating or giving time and energy, sharing information on social media or donating food and funds."
In addition to wearing orange — the color of hunger relief — on Sept. 6, Connecticut residents can rally for hunger relief by doing these simple tasks in September:
• Pick up a non-perishable food item for Spooner House, to support its back-to-school drive now, until Sept. 21
• Speak up for national nutrition programs by sending a postcard to your elected official
• Find Connecticut Food Bank and Feeding America on Facebook and hit "like"
• Update your Facebook status to share a hunger fact with your friends
• Volunteer your time at Connecticut Food Bank, a local food pantry or soup kitchen
• Tour Connecticut Food Bank
• Donate to Connecticut Food Bank of Spooner House. For every $1 donated, Connecticut Food Bank can distribute $5 worth of food at wholesale value.
Connecticut Food Bank is promoting Hunger Action Month by posting a "30 Ways in 30 Days" calendar on www.ctfoodbank.org to provide individuals with ideas to participate throughout the month of September
Offering volunteer opportunities including apple picking at Connecticut orchards throughout the month of September to help provide fresh, healthy apples to people in need.
Honoring our Hunger Action Heroes who help advance the fight against hunger in Connecticut on Sunday, September 9, at the East Haven warehouse.
For a list of Spooner House's most needed items, visit www.actspooner.org. Deliveries of non-perishable food items are also accepted at Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton CT, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To set up a special time for food delivery or pick-up, call 203-225-0453.
Any donations are greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable and mailed to: Area Congregations Together, Inc., Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton CT 06484. Donations may also be made via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button at www.actspooner.org .