September 6, 2012 by Emily Pergament
Here at Fat in Manhattan, we spend a lot of our time hungry. We also spend a lot of time satisfying that hunger with delicious things to eat. But for almost 40 million Americans, including more than a million New Yorkers, “being hungry” means something completely different.
September is Hunger Action Month, and today Feeding America is promoting “Go Orange for Hunger.” Check out their Facebook page.
It’s tough to think about all the people who don’t have enough to eat in America. In New York City, 1.8 million people receive food stamps, but more than half of them still need to go to a food pantry or soup kitchen to get enough to eat for them and their families.
Fortunately, there are a lot of people out there trying to help. Share Our Strength has its No Kid Hungry campaign with Jeff Bridges, and Feeding America is also working to end hunger in the U.S. In New York, Food Bank for New York City , City Harvest, God’s Love We Deliver and City Meals-on-Wheels and hundreds of pantries and soup kitchens are working to make sure everyone can eat. All of them have lots of volunteer opportunities, and of course they accept donations as well.
Editor’s note – Rob works for City Harvest. His expressed views do not reflect those of City Harvest. -Emily