2016-09-09 / JT Beacon

Join conversation on hunger awareness

FROM STAFF REPORTS

On Sept. 8, Good Shepherd Food Bank is asking supporters to wear orange, the color of hunger awareness, and to post on social media to join a national effort to help raise awareness hunger.

“We encourage people to share what they couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on an empty plate, “On an empty stomach I can’t ___,” and filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition they need to thrive,” said Clara Whitney, spokeswoman for Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Good Shepherd Food Bank, which provides food to many area food pantries, is teaming up with Feeding America in an effort to bring an end to hunger.

In Maine, said Whitney, more than 200,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know when or where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in four kids who may not have enough nutritious food to eat she said.

According to the Feeding America study, Hunger in America 2014, nearly half of households served by the Feeding America network include someone that is in either fair or poor health. In Maine, 67 percent of people served by Good Shepherd Food Bank report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they cannot afford healthy options, according to the agency’s president, Kristen Miale.

In addition to raising awareness on Hunger Action Day and continuing to spread the word throughout the month of September, Good Shepherd Food Bank is encouraging people to attend NewsFEED, an event at the organization’s Hampden warehouse, on Sept. 28.

Photos of folks wearing orange on Sept. 8 and spelling out what they couldn’t do without adequate nutrition may be posted on social media. Good Shepherd Food Bank suggests adding the hashtags #HungerActionMonth, @FeedingMaine, and @FeedingAmerica to join the national conversation.

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