Taking Action on Hunger Action Day

Emily Ness
Updated: September 12, 2019 10:57 PM

One in nine people in the region do not know when or where their next meal will come from. The month of September—Hunger Action Month and September 12th—Hunger Action Day—aim to reduce this number.


“September is a time where people are kind of taking a look at what the rest of the year looks like and they forget that hunger is a struggle that happens year round for Northlanders,” Erin Makela, Marketing & Special Events Manager at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank said.

Through advocacy and support, workers and volunteers at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank aim to educate and uplift the public about hunger.

"It's a constant. Hunger is a constant in the Northland and throughout the United States and that's why September is really important of taking that time to build awareness and let people see that it happens—it happens everywhere,” Makela said.

In an effort to combat this, the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank provides a food shelf every Tuesday from 9:00am-2:00pm where individuals can come in and get what they need.

“There are about 40,000 people—Northlanders—in our region that struggle with hunger and they need just a little bit of help bridging a gap or making ends meet so that they can feed themselves or feed their families,” Makela said.

Donations of time, food or money are greatly appreciated in the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s efforts to feed the region. A volunteer calendar complete with times one can help out can be found here.

“We ask that people truly take action; that they get involved. Maybe its volunteering for an hour, maybe it’s being able to donate. $30 month can feed a child, an adult, a senior in the region for that month. Maybe its providing food and understanding, raising awareness with lawmakers, raising awareness with the people in your community that services are available,” Makela said.

The Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has put together a calendar of 30 ways we can end hunger in 30 days for the month of September which can be found here.


Emily Ness

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