September is Hunger Action Month.
The Food Bank of Manatee is raising awareness this September about hunger in Manatee County as we participate in Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month. The feeling of running on empty is a reality for over 57,000 residents in Manatee County. We need to make sure that no child, adult or senior in Manatee County ever runs on empty. This September, we’re asking everyone to come together to help end hunger.
Over 57,000 individuals in Manatee County are food insecure. 43% of households are living below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) level. According to the School District of Manatee, Over 70% of children in the Manatee County area qualify for free or reduced school meals.
How do people cope?
59% eat expired food.
49% are receiving food from friends.
36% have sold or pawned possessions for food.
48% watered down food and beverages to stretch them.
Advocate and raise awareness in three easy steps:
1. Grab a Plate
2. Write what you can’t do on an empty stomach
3. Post and share to your social networks with #HungerActionMonth @FoodBankOfManatee.
An empty plate, means an empty stomach. And on an empty stomach, no one can reach their full potential.
Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger.
Take action today by contacting The Food Bank of Manatee. By making a donation here or signing up to volunteer here, you can find a way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can help everyone reach their full potential. Together, we are feeding Manatee County!