The month of September is nationally recognized as Hunger Action Month. Here at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, we are encouraging our community to join the fight to end hunger now more than ever during this special time. Here are some ways to give back and take action in September.
1. Volunteer or donate at least once during the month of September.
Two of the most effective ways to help the Food Bank is by donating your time or money. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank hosts daily volunteer opportunities, including Saturdays. If volunteering does not fit your schedule, funds are just as, if not more, important. Just $1 can help provide up to 3 meals.
2. Participate in school food drive events.
As the fall semester brings in new classes and football games begin to kick off, many schools start to offer food drive opportunities. A simple can of vegetables can help pack a student’s lunchbox just a few classrooms down from your own child’s. Try taking your little ones to the store and have them pick out which canned foods to donate.
If your child may be older, consider offering to match their donations to their University food drive. Have a college kid at LSU or Southern? Sidelining Hunger is a food drive competition happening between the teams right now! The winner will be announced during the Sept. 10 game at Tiger Stadium.
3. Attend Empty Bowls.
If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly outing as a way to give back, look no further! Empty Bowls is a great fundraising effort being held on Sept. 24, at the Baton Rouge Art Gallery. This event offers a locally-made, ceramic bowl for every ticket holder. With that bowl, attendees receive an afternoon of live music, family entertainment, and a simple meal. Kids 12 and under eat free!
To learn more about Empty Bowls and to purchase a ticket, click here.
4. Share on social media.
It is no secret that social media is a huge part of most of our lives now. If you cannot participate in giving funds, food, or time, you can still use your voice! Sharing Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can help us reach as many members of our community as possible.
With your voice, actions, and commitment, our neighbors will not have to make the impossible choice between food and other necessities like medicine, utilities, or childcare. Make September a month of change for yourself and your community.