Red, black and … orange?

Hunger Action MonthNIU is partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to present Hunger Action Month to the campus community this September.

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign created by Feeding America to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. The campaign brings greater attention to hunger in the United States and promotes ways for people everywhere to get involved in the movement.

The goal of the month is to “Turn NIU Orange for Hunger Relief” during the month of September offering the NIU community with a variety of educational, service-based and reflective programs the focus on food security.

According to Feeding America, nearly 49 million people in America who struggle with hunger often do so in silence. They live in every community; they are neighbors, co-workers and friends; yet their struggles can go unheard. Spreading the word and participating in Hunger Action Month can make such a significant difference in the lives of neighbors in need.

Logo of the Northern Illinois Food BankThe Hunger Action Month committee is currently looking for programming to include on the schedule of events – specifically, activities that highlight the issue of hunger and food security on a global, national, local and hyper-local scale. Know of any programming that would fit well with this initiative? Interested in serving on a panel that focuses on hunger? Email dmcdonald@niu.edu by Monday, Aug. 10.

Faculty who believe this initiative would fit well with their curriculum are encouraged to consider advertising the events for the month to your students. Want to provide credit to students for attending any Hunger Action Month events? Destiny McDonald, assistant director for Community Service in Student Involvement & Leadership Development, is happy to provide documentation if advance notice is given.

For more information, call (815) 753-6511 or email dmcdonald@niu.edu.

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