Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Feeding America Network Raise Awareness of the Issue of Hunger throughout Hunger Action Month
Community Urged to “Go Orange” September 3 to Show Support

PITTSBURGH (August 24, 2015)—Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks, will observe Hunger Action Month™ – a nationwide initiative designed to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger and join the movement to help end hunger. Hunger advocates from southwestern Pennsylvania and across the country are working together this September to shine a light on the issue of hunger and the 1 in 6 people who face hunger in America – including 336,690 here in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“One in seven people, including 97,540 children, in our 11-county service area struggle with hunger, and the Food Bank network is eager to rally around Hunger Action Month™ as we continue our fight to solve this issue,” said Lisa A. Scales, president & CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “Hunger can affect everyone – a child’s classmate, an office coworker or neighbor down the street. September is an opportunity for all hunger-relief advocates to take simple steps towards supporting those in need.”

Throughout Hunger Action Month neighbors and communities can join in the fight against hunger in many ways. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will commemorate Hunger Action Day®, which will be held Thursday, September 3, by going orange. Area businesses, schools, facilities, individuals and families are encouraged to “Go Orange” by wearing orange, changing social media profiles to orange, or displaying the color through signage or lighting.

Opportunities to participate in Hunger Action Month include:

• Visit the Food Bank’s website for your “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar to see all of the ways you can help throughout Hunger Action Month.
• Attend the Food Bank ‘Helping Hour’ event on Sept. 1 or Golf S.O.M.E. on Sept. 21
• Help your school or community organization participate in our Paper Plate Campaign
• Invite a Food Bank speaker to your business, organization, or school to learn about the issue of hunger through a poverty simulation.

Additional activities and details on Hunger Action Month events are being added as more organizations and individuals get involved. For the most up-to-date listing, visit the Food Bank’s website at PittsburghFoodBank.org.

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