SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH
During the month of September people all over America stand with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. Alongside all 200 Feeding America network food banks, we commemorate Hunger Action Month by spreading the word about hunger in our communities, volunteering, advocating, donating and helping raise awareness about hunger.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION
When you participate in Hunger Action Month, you're not just fighting against hunger—you are fighting against the impact it has on individuals, families and future generations. Hunger means families struggle with affordable housing, social isolation, chronic or acute health problems, high medical costs, and low wages. As our name suggests, Just Food is dedicated to the fight for food justice.
Of those accessing Just Food, 56% are white, 12% are Hispanic, 11% are Black/African American, 8% are Native American, 3% are Asian, and 10% selected undisclosed/other. This is an overrepresentation of BIPOC communities by nearly 30%. In rural Douglas County alone, Just Food served 9% of the total population of Eudora, 7% of Baldwin City, and 18% of Lecompton. By supporting Just Food and advocating for those experiencing hunger you are directly helping residents of color and those living in rural areas. Being a part of the solution means that we must address the overlapping challenges our community faces.
Join us as we take action, advocate, and educate this September.
Ways to take Action, Advocate and Educate:
Join the conversation, Follow @JustFoodKansas and use the hashtag #HungerActionMonth
HUNGER ACTION MONTH EVENTS
ALL SEPTEMBER LONG
At Participating Local Bars & Restaurants
Dine with the community for Chef’s Table: Around Town, the ideal way to eat great food that gives back and have cocktails for a good cause! Throughout the month of September in honor of Hunger Action Month, area restaurants will be running food and drink specials that benefit Just Food. Be sure to follow Just Food’s website and social media to keep up when and where the specials are available each week in September.
Be sure to use the hashtag #HungerActionMonth when dining around town.
HUNGER ACTION BREAKFAST
8-9:30 am at Macelis Banquet Hall
You have played a big role in the progress Just Food has made over the past year. Individuals like you have given our organization the strength needed to face challenges in our community. For that, we could not be more grateful. So join us for a celebration of what we have accomplished in the community and share our vision for the future with you.
This is a free event. Please RSVP by September 3rd.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
3-6 pm at Just Food
This event is FREE
September 17th is Hunger Action Day and we are taking action by cultivating community around Just Food. Whether you shop, volunteer, participate in classes, donate, or a little of everything, we look forward to having you!
Our Resource Fair will have food and beverages from local vendors, live music, bounce house, art activities, games, and more! Just Food’s amazing community partners will be there to share information about their organizations and services they offer. You do not want to miss out on this special event!
We kindly ask that you continue to adhere to CDC guidelines and mask-up in high traffic areas and maintain appropriate distancing.
Jamie Hofling, Food Waste Reduction Specialist for Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability
Laura Marsh, Outreach Manager at The Merc Co+op
Chef Rick Martin, Restaurant Consultant and Founding Chef and Co-Creator of Limestone pizza+kitchen+bar
Moderated by Ryan Bowersox, Outreach Director at Just Food
Send questions for the panel to firstname.lastname@example.org
5:30-8 pm at the Lawrence Public Library
According to Feeding America, Each year, 108 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States. That equates to more than $161 billion worth of food thrown away each year. Shockingly, nearly 40% of all food in America is wasted.
We can create a more just and sustainable food system, we just have to understand it first. Join us in watching Anthony Bourdain’s Wasted: The Story of Food Waste (2017), followed by a panel discussion hosted by Just Food featuring local food experts. This event is in partnership with Douglas County Food Policy Council, After the Harvest, Just Food, and Lawrence Public Library.
Doors Open at 5:30
Film Starts at 5:45pm (1hr 25min)
Panel Begins after the film