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TREASURE COAST - How can 50 million people face hunger in a country that wastes billions of pounds of food? There is more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child, yet here on the Treasure Coast 100,000 people face hunger each and every week. In an effort to raise awareness about hunger in our region, the Treasure Coast Food Bank is encouraging the public to participate in Hunger Action Month in September.
The highlight of Hunger Action Month this year is the "Go Orange" campaign. With orange being the symbolic color of hunger, television reporters and news anchors, along with elected officials and other public figures will be sporting orange ties, scarves, shirts and other apparel and accessories.
In addition, buildings and notable landmarks such as the St. Lucie County Courthouse, the Tradition Towers along I-95, the City of Fort Pierce downtown roundabout, the Seaway Drive roundabout, and the fountain in Memorial Park will all be illuminated with orange lighting.
"The face of hunger can be found in our neighbors who are working one or more jobs," said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. "They are downsizing their homes and reducing living expenses. They are maxing out their credit cards to pay for critical needs and cashing in their retirement plans. When your neighbors are no longer able to make it paycheck to paycheck, eating becomes a luxury rather than a basic human need. They are doing all they can to make ends meet. But it's not enough. The face of hunger looks just like you, a member of your family, your co-worker or your friend."
Thankfully, there are many ways to make an impact by participating in Hunger Action Month and the "Go Orange" campaign: volunteer at or donate food to the Treasure Coast Food Bank; use social media to help solve hunger by changing your profile picture and cover photo to an orange image, a photo of you wearing orange or a creative message that will help inspire others to take action.
"Families throughout the Treasure Coast are constantly faced with the challenge of food insecurity. Through Hunger Action Month in September, our goal is to bring greater awareness to this critical issue. Together, we can solve hunger," said Ms. Cruz.
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on the Treasure Coast, securing and providing millions of meals to people facing hunger through a network of more than 200 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other emergency food providers throughout Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.
In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security.
As a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, Treasure Coast Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in our community and playing a vital role in solving the nation's problem of hunger. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in making sure every family has enough to eat.
To learn more about Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.
For more information about Treasure Coast Food Bank visit stophunger.org