30 Ways in 30 Days to End Hunger in Washington

Hunger Action Month is here and Feed Washington is teaming up with organizations across the country to increase awareness and help end childhood hunger. The entire nation is getting involved and participating in the 30 Ways in 30 Days to end hunger. Here are some of the ways YOU can get involved:

Sept. 1st - Organize a neighborhood food drive.  You can set bags out in your community and pick up the food later. Donate to your local Food Bank.

Sept. 2nd - “Like” Feed Washington and post a comment on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FeedWashington.

Sept. 3rd – Go to the Cheesecake Factory! The Cheesecake Factory will donate $0.25 per slice of their NEW Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake to Feeding America (our national association of food banks.) The program will run from September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012.

Sept. 4th - Have a dinner party and invite friends.  Instead of a hostess gift or a bottle of wine, ask your friends to make a donation to Feed Washington.  You could even collect food or donations at the dinner party to donate to your local food bank.

Sept. 5th – Tweet/Blog/Post on social media about Hunger Action Month. “Like and Share” Hunger Action Month status posts on the Feed Washington Facebook page.

Sept. 6th – Share your lunch money! Encourage your employees or co-workers to bring their lunch to work on a specific day and donate the value of an average lunch to Feed Washington.

Sept. 7th – Serve a Meal!  Find out how you can help serve a meal at a local shelter or community kitchen.

Sept. 8th – Join your state legislators from north Seattle, Shoreline, and Bothell on September 8th to help Food Lifeline end hunger in our communities! Which district can repack, sort and process the most food to fill the shelves of our local food banks? They need your help! Lend a hand on the sorting line at Food Lifeline’s Volunteer Action Center from 1:30-4 p.m. at 1702 NE 150th Street in Shoreline.

Sept. 9th - Email your state lawmakers and let them know you believe everyone should have access to the food they need to reach their full potential.

Sept. 10th - Help your kids have a lemonade stand or bake sale. Donate funds to Feed Washington.

Sept. 11th - Color and share! Talk you’re your kids about the realities of childhood hunger for those less fortunate. Download this coloring page.

Sept. 12th - Set an empty plate at your table.  For your next family dinner (or for a week of family dinners), set an extra place at your table – and leave the plate empty. Let this be a reminder to everyone at the table that while you are fortunate to have the food you need, there are those going hungry and those who are at risk for hunger, and now is the time to take action and help others fill their empty plates.

Sept. 13th – Register for the Hunger Walk – Sunday, October 2, 1 p.m., starts at the Alki U.C.C. and continues along the water on Alki Beach.

Sept. 14th – Give a little during Hunger Action Month! For every $1 donated 1.5 meals are generated for hungry kids in Washington.

Sept. 15th - Read a book about hunger to your children. Some great books are: A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness: How to Take Action! by Cathryn Berger Kaye; Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Reading Rainbow Book) by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan; Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier;  The Peace Book by Todd Parr and Stone Soup by Marcia Brow

Sept. 16th – Give up an “indulgence” and donate what you would have spent to Feed Washington.

Sept. 17th – Host a different kind of “food fight.” Throw a party and challenge friends to build a structure of cans they furnish, and then give prizes for the “Tallest Tower,” “Most Creative,” etc. Donate the cans to a local food bank.

Sept. 18th – Volunteer with your family at a local food bank.

Sept. 19th - See if your employer will match employee donations to Feed Washington for Hunger Action Month.

Sept. 20th – Tell your friends about Feed Washington! Like and Share our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/FeedWashington.

Sept. 21st - Pick up some blank t-shirts, and some iron-on letters, fabric paint or other decorative materials. Use these to design your own T-shirt with facts about hunger, such as “Hunger is a reality for nearly 1 in 4 American children” or “September is Hunger Action Month” or “30 Ways in 30 Days: Fight Hunger this September.” Wear your shirts with pride to promote Hunger Action Month!

Sept. 22nd – “Like” Feed Washington and post a comment on our Facebook page.

Sept. 23rd – Sign up to be a monthly donor at Feed Washington!

Sept. 24th – Mayor’s Day of Concern For the Hungry – Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Metropolitan Market on Admiral Way. Please come support feeding your hungry neighbors in need by stopping by and donating food or funds to the West Seattle Bank. Our volunteers will be at Metropolitan market throughout the day taking donations and raising awareness about hunger in our community.

Sept. 25th – Organize a food drive at your office to donate to a local food bank

Sept. 26th – Volunteer at a local food kitchen.

Sept. 27th – Ask your favorite restaurant if they would donate a part of one day’s sales to Feed Washington.

Sept. 28th – Visit select Panera Bread stores in Western Washington and donate to Food Lifeline. As a part of "Operation Dough-Nation" Panera will match 10¢ of every $1 donated.

Sept. 29th – Open a “Feel Good Checking” Bank Account with Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. SMCU donates $20 to Food Lifeline for each account opened, which is enough to provide food for 60 meals.

Sept. 30th - Participate in Dress Down Hunger - Food Lifeline’s Fundraiser in the Warehouse.

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