September is Hunger Action month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the individuals who do not have sufficient food. It is estimated that one in five children in America are in homes that struggle to provide food for them. Food insecurity is the term that refers to this issue. And it’s not just children who are hungry.
What does this mean in Fauquier County? Well, as of August, 2013 almost 2,000 Fauquier households participated in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program).
Feeding America, a nationwide group, challenges us on their website to try living on $4.50 for food a day, which is the average daily per person allowance through SNAP. This month, Feeding America is highlighting actions you can take to become involved to end hunger in America.
No Kid Hungry, another national organization, provides resources and solutions to eliminate childhood hunger.
Last year, the Fauquier Community Food Bank published “These are our People”. This book is a compelling mosaic of local people’s life stories that, through various incidents, needed assistance from the food bank. In addition to copies you can check out at any library branch, this book is also available for purchase through Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Fauquier Community Food Bank.
Another activity during Hunger Action Month is to become aware of your local food banks. Some of these are very small food pantries with limited hours and volunteer staff. It is always best to inquire if an appointment is needed.
Here is a brief list of local resources; volunteers and donations are welcome.
Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store
Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. John the Evangelist church:
Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains
Fauquier Education Farm, which provides fresh produce to local food banks. Volunteer opportunities at the Education Farm are available.