September is Hunger Action Month

Hunger impacts people in every corner of the country, including 180,000 people in Maine who are facing hunger – and nearly 30% are children.

For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food and other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. That’s why Good Shepherd Food Bank is joining Feeding America® food banks nationwide this September to take part in Hunger Action Month™ and inspire people to take action to bring attention to the reality of food insecurity in America.


How to Take Action

Volunteer – Good Shepherd Food Bank is committed to the belief that involving volunteers in its operations is a necessity for carrying out its mission of providing increased access to food for those at risk of hunger in the state of Maine. Volunteers may be doing a variety of different projects based on the present need in the distribution centers. Examples of what volunteers may be doing include: helping pack our supplemental nutrition program (CSFP – Senior Brown Box) and assisting the inspection team to pre-inspect donated, salvaged food and sorting it for storage or order processing.

Engage and Advocate – be sure to like and engage with Good Shepherd Food Bank on social media. Stay up-to-date with the fight against hunger on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Posting about Hunger Action Month or Day on your own? Use #HungerActionMonth and be sure to tag @FeedingMaine and @FeedingAmerica on your post.

Donate – online contributions are an efficient way to help end hunger in Maine. Every $2 can help provide food for four meals!

Virtual Food Drive – organize a Virtual Food Drive right from your computer! Set up your fundraiser in a few easy steps, share the link with your network, and help raise critical funds needed to help all Mainers thrive.

Purchase a FeedME T-Shirt – LiveME, an apparel company in Scarborough, Maine, has teamed up with the Food Bank to release a t-shirt that does a whole lot of good. “100% of the profits from this t-shirt go back to Good Shepherd Food Bank,” stated Chris Avantaggio, founder and owner of LiveME. “We wanted to do what we could to help the Food Bank supply resources to meal sites and food pantries across the state of Maine. Every t-shirt sold helps us do some good and feel good too!”


Don’t forget to wear orange on Hunger Action Day – September 23!


For more information: Hunger Action Day