RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)—September marks the start of a new school year, the arrival of fall and National Hunger Action Month.
FeedMore, the organization behind the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen, provides hunger-relief solutions for struggling families, disabled and homebound seniors, and food-insecure children throughout the area.
Thursday, Sept. 5 is National Hunger Action Month Wear Orange Day, and all are encouraged to get decked out in pumpkin tones to help raise awareness.
"We're asking everyone to pull out the orange ties and orange sweaters and orange t-shirts or whatever you have in your closet; wear orange," said Jeff Baldwin, the public relations manager at FeedMore. "When people ask you why you're doing that, you can tell ‘em because you're raising awareness for hunger in our region. It's an issue that a lot of people don't know about."
During the last fiscal year, FeedMore distributed 20 million pounds of food to 400 partner agencies through the Central Virginia Food Bank, served 1,056,112 meals to 12,368 children through its Children's Programs, distributed 1,098, 383 pounds of food to 71,265 individuals through Mobile Pantry and provided 323,097 meals to 1,628 homebound individuals through Meals on Wheels.
"[Hunger is] a year-round issue," Baldwin said. "About 200,000 people in our community live with hunger every single day. This is a 31-county area that FeedMore serves and it's about 14 percent of the population. That's a big number and we need to change that, but we can't do it alone."
According to FeedMore, one in seven individuals is food insecure in Central Virginia. Join the 8News team in wearing orange on Sept. 5 to raise awareness about local hunger issues.
"We need people to get involved," Baldwin said. "September is a great time to do that as part of Hunger Action Month."
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