The Louisiana Rice Industry and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank are partnering to proclaim September as National Rice Month and Hunger Action Month.This year the media event will be held at the Capitol Park Museum on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain will present the official proclamations, which were made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

After the proclamation ceremony, the Louisiana Rice Industry will donate approximately 15,000 pounds of rice to the food bank in their efforts to feed the hungry. Participating rice mills include Louisiana Rice Mill and Falcon Rice bill of Crowley, Planters Rice Mill of Abbeville and Farmers Rice Mill of Lake Charles.

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness and encourage community involvement in the fight against hunger. Whether by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, individuals can find a way to make a difference during hunger action month.

Over the last 30 years, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a regional food bank that provides food to more than 114 charitable agencies operating food pantries, group homes, shelters, meal sites and special agencies in 11 parishes. In 2014, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank provided approximately 8.9 million meals to those in need.

National Rice Month is a time to celebrate the history and impact of rice in the United States. This year commemorates the 25th Anniversary of National Rice Month.

When: 11:00 a.m. Sept. 10

Where: Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802           

Note: In the event of inclement weather the event will be held inside the Capitol Park Museum.           

Rice industry and GBRFB representatives will be available for interviews.