September is Hunger Action Month and Food Finders Food Bank needs your help

By Anna Darling

Sun Sep 02 11:45:34 PDT 2018

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - For some, Labor Day weekend is a time of relaxation and grilling out good food on the bar-b-que. But others in our community can't relax because they don't know where their next meal is coming from.

Food Finders Food Bank is preparing to help as the month of September kicks off Hunger Action Month.

This is a time when the charity is focusing on education and advocacy for various hunger issues. Issues that become more urgent as the winter months approach.

"When people to have to pay heating bills, and the costs that go along with having your kids in school, it's really important for working families and those who are unemployed to have a regular source of food they can depend on," said CEO of Food Finders Katy Bunder.

She said that she wants the families they serve to be able to focus on putting their money where it's needed.

"So we try to help families use our services so that they can save their very limited resources to pay the rent and the utility bills," she said

According to recent numbers, even though we are 10 years out of the recession, they are still seeing up to 400 people visit Food Finders pantry days. Nearly 30% of the 78,000 hungry people in North Central Indiana are children. And about 5,300 are 65 or older.

But Food Finders is ready to get the community involved to help fight this battle. Hunger Action day is on September 13th. Food Finders will host a volunteer day with a Purdue sorority.

This years annual Hunger Hike is scheduled for September 16th. Bunder said this event makes sure they can properly stock their shelves with the items they need, like milk and meat.

"We can buy the food that we know we need for the people we routinely serve through our pantry and other services," she said.

And seeing the whole community rally behind this cause gives Food Finders the momentum they need to make it until spring.

"It gives us a boost to last all year long," she said.

Click here to learn more about how to get involved with Hunger Action Month.