For those of you who regularly read this blog, you know that I am a proud native New Orleanian. I was born here, survived Katrina, and am so happy to help in any effort to help rebuild and renew my City.
New Orleans is part of my Soul and I am so happy to be giving back to my community as a Hunger Action Month Blogger! Because September is Hunger Action Month, a national movement to raise awareness and take action to help the 50 million Americans who experience hunger, I am helping encourage citizens to take action!
I am fortunate. I cannot remember a day where food was not on the table. My kids do not worry where their next meal is coming from, but so many do. I was shocked to learn that 1 in every 8 of my fellow Louisianians suffer from hunger and 1 of every 5 of Louisiana’s children are at risk of going hungry. Hunger not only impacts child development, but health and wellness, education, workforce development – our general welfare as a nation. It is an issue in every community – and food banks work tirelessly to combat hunger and aid those living with the everyday disaster of hunger.
Throughout the month, Feeding America’s nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, including my local Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, is working to get everyone involved in the fight against hunger. Here in New Orleans, September and October is your opportunity to get involved!
How can you help?
Host a food drive, volunteer at your local food bank, share hunger facts through social media, prepare food for an elderly neighbor or visit the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar for more ideas on daily ways you can take action.
If you are local to New Orleans, you can attend the “Harvest the Music” free concert series every Wednesday through November 2nd in Lafayette Square from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Come out and enjoy great music, food and friends! For more information on the Power to Fight Hunger campaign visit www.no-hunger.org.