PSA: Go Orange for Hunger Awareness

Friday, August 31, 2012
Waterbury, CT

Connecticut Food Bank is urging people to wear orange on Thursday, September, 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. 

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 September 6, Connecticut residents can rally for hunger relief by doing these simple tasks in September:

  • 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 (like New Opportunities of Greater Meriden) or soup kitchen. 

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.

To learn more about Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org or www.ctfoodbank.org.

To learn more about volunteering at New Opportunities' food pantry or making a donation of food, contact New Opportunities of Greater Meriden at (203) 235-0278.

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