September is Hunger Action Month to help local food banks

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - September is Hunger Action Month, and Vicki Pillow, Director of Development for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, says they're hoping that's exactly what people are going to do, take action.

This year's campaign is 30 Ways in 30 Days. There are 30 days in September which means you have 30 opportunities to get the word out about hunger. Pillow says they're relying on Region 8 to help spread the word. "You might have a neighbor in need that doesn't know what they're going to feed their kids that night," she said.  "Let us know so we can help. Come out to the Food Bank and volunteer. Make a monetary or food donation. Anything will help."

Pillow says that Arkansas is worst in the nation when it comes to hunger. "Arkansas is the number one hungriest state in the nation, right now. That's hard to believe for a lot of people, but it's true. We serve 5, 100 people at risk of hunger in the 12 counties we serve every week. That's a huge number and those are only the people that are asking for help. There are probably more people out there that are in need, right now."

Pillow says how much they do depends on what others donate. "It's so important for everybody to do what they can. The Food Bank definitely needs food. You can see these shelves are bare. This is probably as bare as I've ever seen it. We had some people bring us some food in last week and these shelves were kind of full and now it's already gone. Our agencies need it just as soon as it comes in."

Pillow says they've distributed 300,000 more pounds this year compared to this same time last year.

She says due to the recent down turn in the economy, people are out of work and need help who haven't needed it before.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation you can call 932-3663 or 932-FOOD, and for more information about the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, log onto their website.

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