HAM Calendar 2018

September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month – Feeding America’s awareness campaign to bring together our national network of food banks to raise awareness and fight hunger.

All month we will highlight the hunger issues in our state and offer ways you can help make a difference in the lives of the hungry.  30 Ways in 30 Days is our interactive calendar of events.  Each day you are given an activity to do or an event to attend to help bring awareness to hunger in our state.

There are over half a million Arkansans who don’t always get enough to eat, which means they sometimes don’t have the fuel they need to tackle the day. So while it’s tough to do basic activities on empty, it’s easy to make a difference.  Join us this September and unite with us to fight hunger.  #unitedtofighthunger #hungeractionmonth #30waysin30days

List of Hunger Action Month Events

Harvest Night (September 8, 5pm-8pm, Arkansas Foodbank Warehouse)   “Harvest Night” is the marquee event for September’s Hunger Action Month. Held in the warehouse of the Foodbank, this family friendly event includes a catfish dinner, craft beverages provided by local breweries, live entertainment and many children’s activities. Tickets are $40 for adults; children 12 and under get in free!  Purchase tickets here: Harvest Night Tickets

Food For Kids Pack-a-thon (September 22, 8am-noon, Arkansas Foodbank Warehouse) Grab your family and friends and join us for a sorting party at the Foodbank as we pack 3,200 kits for our Food For Kids Backpack Program presented by Iberia Bank. Imagine the impact of sending out 3,200 of these kits to kids facing hunger in our communities. 1 in 4 kids in Arkansas are facing hunger. If you can’t make it to help pack you can still help.  A $7 donation will purchase the food for one weekend kit.  1 backpack is equipped with 60% of a child’s nutritional needs for a weekend.  A kit contains 4 meals, 4 snacks and 2-3 drinks.

Hunger Action Day (September 13) Hunger Action DayTM, which is the 2nd Thursday in September (September 13th), is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact. Advocate. Educate. Volunteer. Donate.  Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger. Take action today by getting involved in the fight against hunger.  Don’t forget to wear orange!

Rice Day (September 13, 1pm, Arkansas Foodbank Warehouse) September is also National Rice Month. Arkansas is the largest rice-growing state in the nation, producing nearly 9 billion pounds annually. Join us in celebration on September 13th as the Arkansas rice industry makes a large donation to help feed hungry Arkansans.

Hunger Week with Big Orange! (September 11-15 at both Big Orange locations)  Hunger Action Day will be on September 13th this year and what better way to celebrate than a bite to eat at Big Orange! All week long, Big Orange will be selling items highlighting the color of Hunger Action Month: ORANGE!  All proceeds go toward fighting hunger in your communities.

Family Night (September 18, 6pm-8pm) Looking to volunteer for the first time at the Arkansas Foodbank?  Why not bring the family out for Family Night! Help box food items for families in need at our warehouse. Just visit our volunteer page to sign up: www.arkansasfoodbank.org/volunteer/

Great Southern Stone-Skipping Competition (September 1, 9am, Fairfield Bay Marina) The second annual Great Southern Stone-Skipping Championships will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 on Greers Ferry Lake at the Fairfield Bay Marina. The event will include categories for children 12 and younger and adults 13 and older.  Entry fee is $10 with all proceeds benefitting member agencies of the Foodbank in the Greers Ferry area.

Social Media

You can also use social media to take action in the fight against hunger. Please be sure to use the hashtag #ARfightshunger and #FeedAR with your post and feel free to tag @ARFoodbank.

All month long we will have posts of activities on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

To learn more about Arkansas Foodbank and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month please visit ArkansasFoodank.org or HungerActionMonth.org