Hunger Action Month

Take action this September during Hunger Action Month.  This year, we've compiled a list of 5 ways you can take tangible steps to help end local hunger. 

1. Make a Donation

Making a monetary or in-kind donation is one of the easiest things you can do to help end local hunger.  For every $1 we are able to provide 3 meals to people struggling with hunger. If you feel like going the extra mile, consider hosting a food drive at your school, church, or office. 

Oak Park residents can do this during the Hockey Check Hunger Food Drive on September 23rd. 

2. Attend an Action Event

During the month of September there are 4 local events you can participate in to support Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. 

9/7 Hunger Action Happy Hour

9/16 32nd Annual Hunger Walk

9/24 Ham Bingo

9/26 Hunger Panel

3. Volunteer

Each month Pantry operations require over 2,000 volunteer hours.  So, try a new shift! Or attend the new volunteer orientation on September 20th to take Action beyond the month of September. 

4. Learn About Hunger

Get a glimpse into what it's like to live on the edge of food security and poverty in America with these hand-selected staff favorite books, movies, and audio series. 

5. Take the SNAP Challenge

Join Food Pantry staff as we take the Food Stamp Challenge to experience the daily realities of many of our clients. 

For each day you participate in the challenge, you are challenged to spend no more than $4.18/person/day.  For the duration of a week this amounts to $29.26 or $20.90 for the work week. This should include all food and drink (yes, coffee and tea count!!).  Spices and condiments do not count towards this total (bring on the hot sauce!).

Share your experience with us on Facebook and Twitter! Staff will be participating in the Challenge during the week of September 18th and blogging our experience.