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God’s Pantry Food Bank, hunger relief agencies designate September as ‘Hunger Action Month’

Nearly 250,000 people in Central and Eastern Kentucky are food insecure, meaning they cannot afford enough nutritious food to regularly fuel a healthy lifestyle.

Supplying food and resources through more than 400 food pantry and meal programs God’s Pantry Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger by providing assistance across its 50-county service area. The Food Bank cannot do it alone – they rely on the help, support, and actions of others to fulfill their mission.

To bring awareness to the important issue of hunger Feeding America, Feeding Kentucky, God’s Pantry Food Bank and hunger relief agencies across the country have designated September as Hunger Action Month. Sept. 12 is Hunger Action Day.

“Everyone can join in the fight against hunger all year round but especially during Hunger Action Month,” said Michael Halligan, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank. “We are highlighting actions people can take, big and small, to address the fact that 1 in 6 Kentuckians face food insecurity. People, all people, can make a difference by volunteering, donating food and funds, and sharing information to spread the message.”

Special activities and events God’s Pantry Food Bank has planned for Hunger Action Month are:

Elected Officials Day at the Food Bank – Monday, Sept. 9

Local and state elected officials are invited to the Food Bank to tour, help with a volunteer activity and learn more about how hunger is affecting those who live in Kentucky.

Hunger Action Day – Thursday, Sept. 12

The official color of hunger relief is orange, and in support of Hunger Action Month and The Food Bank we encourage everyone to wear orange, take an action to help fight hunger and share statistics of hunger in your area. Before the day is over stop by the Helix Garage in Lexington and take a “selfie” with the orange lights to post to social media, with hashtag #hungeractionmonth!

Big Lots – Friday, Sept. 13

Big Lots will be celebrating the grand opening of eleven newly remodeled stores throughout the Lexington area, and will kick off a 6 week donation program which will benefit God’s Pantry Food Bank. Big Lots will be donating $5 each time a BIG Rewards loyalty member redeems a reward in Lexington area stores Sept. 13 through Oct. 26.

Johnsonville Brats Kick Off – Friday & Saturday, Sept. 13-14

You need to eat, why not support The Food Bank while doing that! Johnsonville will be hosting events on Sept. 13 at the Georgetown Kroger from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and then at the Beaumont Kroger in Lexington on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. They will be selling grilled Johnsonville brats and part of the proceeds will support God’s Pantry Food Bank.

Red Mile Celebrity Harness Race – Saturday, Sept. 21 – 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday night, that also does some good? Red Mile will be hosting a Celebrity Harness Race that benefits eight local non-profits. The Food Bank has a chance to win $4,000 and it is sure to be a fun night all around.

Run Morehead – Saturday, Sept. 28

Celebrate the city of Morehead and get moving. Join in the city’s first ever 10K and support The Food Bank’s regional distribution center. Registration and more information can be found at https://www.aptiming.com/race/876.

Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Round Up – Sept. 1-30

While you’re out grocery shopping at Kroger simply round up your total at the register and the donation will help support the mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank.

Social Media Campaign

Speaking of selfies and social media, don’t forget to snap and post your action during Hunger Action Month. Posting a selfie will help shine a light – even if for a moment – on everyday people who make a huge difference in our organization and our community. God’s Pantry Food Bank cannot express how important volunteers are to the organization’s mission to feed the hungry.

How else can the public help?

• “Like” God’s Pantry Food Bank on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @GPFoodBank, to get ongoing information on events, promotions and announcements.

• Update your Facebook status to share a hunger fact with friends and colleagues to raise awareness.

Volunteer at God’s Pantry Food Bank or one of its partner agencies. Go to www.godspantry.org/getinvolved/volunteer for details.

Make a donation. For every $1 donated to God’s Pantry Food Bank, they can gather and distribute enough food to create eight meals, Go to www.godspantry.org/give.now to donate securely.

For more information or questions please contact Misty Beard at (502) 608-5410.

From God’s Pantry Food Bank

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