September is Hunger Action Month

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Food Bank of Northern Nevada joins Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks, in the month-long awareness campaign for September called Hunger Action Month.

Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 41 million Americans, including 13 million children, are food-insecure, according to the USDA.

In northern Nevada, more than 89,100 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in five kids who does not have enough to eat.

The Hunger Action Month 2018 campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and a promising future at risk.

“It is so important that the families we serve have access to enough nutritious food to live healthy lives,” said Al Brislain, president & CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. “This is very important, especially for our children, who cannot grow, learn and thrive on an empty stomach.”

The following are ways that people can participate in Hunger Action Month 2018:

Have your Holiday Food Drive Early: The Food Bank needs food all year. Food Drive organizers are being asked to start their food drives early, during Hunger Action month. A food drive started now will help ensure that food is on the shelves for the fall and winter. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada has set a goal of 20,000 pounds to be raised during the month of September. Food drive participants can participate by filling out this form online: register your food drive here.

Food drives with incentives to encourage donations always have the most success. Organizations that offer an incentive for their food drives will be featured on the Food Bank of Northern Nevada website. The Food Bank will also be selecting some of the best Hunger Action Month incentives to be highlighted on our social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram posts and stories.

Run on Tuna: The 8th Annual Run on Tuna is back for Hunger Action Month and runs through September 30. The Run on Tuna is organized by Tuna Queen De De Rosene and her appointed Tuna Princess, Michelle Sturge from Chase International. Since 2011, 83,900 cans have been collected through their efforts and have been donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Tuna is something the Food Bank always needs and the annual Run on Tuna helps to feed thousands of families.

Participants can buy their own cans or donate money to De De Rosene through Venmo (De De Rosene or @Diane-Rosene). All funds will be used to buy cans of tuna. Tuna donations can be dropped at Chase International, 985 Damonte Parkway #110, Reno, NV 89521 or De De's home at 10526 French Meadows Way, Reno, NV 89521. If you are interested in holding your own "tuna run" at your work or organization, email De De for more information. De De or Michelle will also pick up your can donations. Contact De De at 775-225-0814 or despacede@aol.com orMichelle Sturge at 775-720-2127 or msturge@chaseinternational.com.

Social Media: Community members are encouraged to raise their voice and show support of hunger relief efforts on social media. Tag @FoodBankNN and use #hungeractionmonth, #IFightHunger. Supporters can take a selfie wearing orange Thursday, September 13 and let their friends know they are wearing orange for hunger awareness.

Volunteer: Book a volunteer session for Hunger Action Month or even for the Holidays right now. A short shift sorting and packing food can make such a difference for thousands of families.