September is Hunger Action Month, but for nearly 240,000 individuals living in Northeast Florida, hunger is a reality they face throughout the year. Due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, families on the First Coast are struggling to make ends meet — many are seeking food assistance for the first time.
Hunger Action Month is a time when people all over America stand against hunger. Sharing, volunteering, pledging to advocate, fundraising and donating are just a few ideas for taking action this month.
Just one hour of volunteer work generates exponential meals to feed our neighbors in need.
Tell your friends and family what you’re doing to help end hunger this month with our Social Media Toolkit.
Each year, millions of people in America face hunger. The coronavirus pandemic has caused even more families to struggle. We estimate that nearly 240,000 people may be food insecure in 2021, including 76,000 children.
Many of the families that Feeding Northeast Florida serve work part-time or full-time jobs. However, low wages, underemployment, and necessary expenses like rent prevent families from meeting their basic needs.
Federal nutrition programs, like SNAP and WIC, feed millions every year. Yet, many who face hunger are unlikely to qualify for these programs because they are employed or have incomes slightly above the poverty line.