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Wear Orange Sept. 6 to Show Support for Hunger Awareness

Hunger Action Month encourages public to get involved.

If you see a lot of people wearing orange today, it's not necessarily that they're fans of Syracuse or the Fighting Illini.

And, yes, it's 8 a.m. as this is posted, but if you haven't left the house yet, see if you can find something orange in your wardrobe.

That's because on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Geneva and 200 Feeding America food banks across the country are asking the public to “Go Orange” to generate awareness of the issue of hunger in our community. 

Wear orange to work, encourage a conversation about hunger, post your thoughts on what hunger means to you and pictures of you wearing orange on Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Facebook page.  

In Northern Illinois, one in eight people faces hunger. Northern Illinois Food Bank, a nonprofit organization and member of Feeding America, provides nutritious food to more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week through a network of 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs in 13 counties.

During the month of September, businesses, including Hotel Arista in Naperville and Santa’s Village in East Dundee, are turning their building lights orange for the month. Other businesses will post messages on their marquees for Hunger Action Month. Many restaurants across the region have dedicated special days where proceeds will benefit the food bank, and dozens of food drives, including the Jewel-Osco “give a little, feed a lot” campaign, are being held. Northern Illinois FoodBank will also host two free cooking demonstrations at its West Suburban Center in Geneva.

For a list of all of , a list of Dine Out For Hunger partners, and more ideas on how to get involved with Northern Illinois Food Bank in feeding our hungry neighbors, log onto www.SolveHungerToday.org.

 

About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community in a commitment to feed our hungry neighbors. Across 13 counties, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 700 network partners – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week. That commitment provided 33.3 million meals last year to those in need. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) and Loves Park (Northwest Center), and an office in Joliet (South Suburban Office). Find out how you can Volunteer – Donate – Get Involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org or follow us on Facebook.

 

SOURCE: Northern Illinois Food Bank

DuKane President September 06, 2012 at 02:58 PM
You would be amazed at the number of families in our beautiful area have trouble feeding their families! Every year DuKane Chapter of ABATE collects food and toys for families in the DuKane/Kane County area. This year is our 26th Annual Toy and Food Run on October 14th. Talking to our area's food banks each year, the story remains the same. The shelves at food banks have difficulty stocking to be able to provide to the large numbers of people that have needs. Come out to the Batavia VFW on October 14th and donate an unwrapped toy and non-perishable food! Be a part of something bigger than yourself!
Laura Rush September 06, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Geneva Chamber is still looking for volunteers to fill a few more spots on September 18 from 6 - 8:30 pm at NIFB. Please contact Geneva Chamber if interested, 630.232.6060. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!

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