Stand Against Hunger: Food Shouldn’t Be an Impossible Choice

August 25, 2022

For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare or medicine. Make the choice to participate in Hunger Action Month in September and together we can eliminate hunger.

Hunger Action Month is a time dedicated to raising awareness of the hunger crisis nationwide. In South Florida approximately one million individuals face hunger and have no idea where their next meal is coming from. This includes nearly 500,000 children and seniors. Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice. Feeding South Florida works to make food available and accessible to those who need it most. Join fellow South Floridians during Hunger Action Month to take a stand against hunger by sharing, volunteering, donating, fundraising and other actions to draw attention to this critical issue.

Feeding South Florida experienced an unprecedented increase in providing nutritious food to over 1.1 million individuals due to inflation, the strained supply chain, rising fuel prices, increased housing costs and other factors stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“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.”

To commemorate Hunger Action Month, a nationwide initiative created by Feeding America® to inspire action toward ending hunger in the United States, Feeding South Florida will unveil the winning artwork from its third annual “Feed Your Creativity” Art Competition. Artwork by Caeden Khouri, a sixth grader at Coral Springs Charter School, will be displayed as a truck wrap on one of its 36-foot tractor-trailers that travels throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Feeding South Florida of Pembroke Park will offer a range of events and activities to encourage South Floridians to get involved and “go orange,” the color and call to action of Feeding South Florida. Monetary donations go further during September with the Delta Air Lines one-to-one match up to $25,000. This year’s theme is “Food Shouldn’t Be an Impossible Choice.” During Hunger Action Month, South Floridians can help in many ways including:

Start a Fund Drive: Raise money with friends, family and coworkers online at: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/virtualfunddrive/

Start a Food Drive: Feeding South Florida relies on the generous support of the community to host food drives to ensure it receives shelf-stable, high-demand products at: https://feedingsouthflorida.org/food-drive-registration-form/

Become a Restaurant Partner: Becoming a restaurant partner allows the restaurant to not only give back, but also allows immense amounts of traction to your restaurant at: https://feedingsouthflorida.org/restaurant-partners-hunger-action-month/#038;preview=true

Participate in the 2022 Outrun Hunger 5K: (7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th, 2022) Participants can raise funds for Feeding South Florida by running or walking during this fun-filled event taking place at the beautiful Okeeheelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33413. Participants can join the event as an individual or a team at: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/oh5-pbc/

Pack to Give Back on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 and Thursday, September 29th, 2022: Companies are encouraged to volunteer to sort food and pack meal boxes for families at one of Feeding South Florida’s warehouses. Shifts include: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a9a82da2f9c61-hunger4

Hunger Action Month Sorting Shifts on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 and Thursday, September 29th, 2022: Family and friends are invited to volunteer to sort food and pack meal boxes for families at one of Feeding South Florida’s warehouses. Shifts include: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a9a82da2f9c61-hunger4

Rock The Orange Sortathon on Saturday, September 10th, 2022: The community is invited to volunteer to sort food and pack meal boxes for families in their best orange outfit at one of Feeding South Florida’s warehouses. Prizes will be awarded. Shifts include: 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and a special shift just for children with adult supervision from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a9a82da2f9c61-rock6

Kitchen Experience on Thursday, September 15th, 2022: The community is invited to volunteer at Feeding South Florida’s 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art multi-purpose Community Kitchen in Boynton Beach to help prepare and cook meals for children and seniors. Shifts include: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48a9a82da2f9c61-boynton8

Mustache Monday on Monday, September 19th, 2022: Purchase a $5.00 orange mustache, while supplies last, from Feeding South Florida to show your support for its hunger relief efforts. Post and tag yourself on Social Media wearing the mustache at: @FeedingSouthFlorida. For more information, visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/hungactimat/store/

Hunger Action Day on Friday, September 23rd, 2022. This year, Feeding South Florida celebrates Hunger Action Day, also known as “GO ORANGE DAY.” Purchase an "End Hunger" T-shirt for $20 and wear it to support ending hunger in South Florida. For more information, visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/hungactimat/

Get social: Post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Unlock the Hunger Action Month Social Media Tool Kit at: https://feedingsouthflorida.org/hunger-action-month/

For more information and to register an individual or company to be added to Feeding South Florida’s community activity calendar. Contact Emily Brown at: events@feedingsouthflorida.org.

About Feeding South Florida®
Feeding South Florida is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Providing support for 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population, its mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida served more than *1.1 million individuals through direct-service programs and a local network of more than 350 nonprofit and community partners. For more information, visit: www.feedingsouthflorida.org Or call: (954) 518-1818.