Pass the Plate - September is Hunger Action Month

Pass the plate, the empty plate! By now most everyone has seen all those nifty food videos circulating around the internet, most specifically engineered for Facebook. With a melo-dramatic instrumental playing in the background, they somehow mesmerize you into watching a sped-up version of a recipe being made with food as the only star of the show. Maybe it's so appealing because it speaks to our daily need for tasty (pun intended) sustenance. But it's also assuming you're not one of the 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, who actually might be facing an empty plate tonight instead.

Feeding America masterfully confronts the empty plate with an impactful and clever parody of these videos, a la Tasty-style (below). The video was created to promote September as Hunger Action Month asking everyone in America to take action and fight hunger in their community all month long. Feeding America states, "Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, volunteering or donating, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger."

"On an empty stomach, I can't __________."

ham 2016 plate selfie hashtagA simple way to raise awareness and spread the word is to literally Pass the Plate. Just finish the sentence, "On an empty stomach, I can't _________."  Write it on a plate, take a selfie, and post to your social media channels with #HungerActionMonth. Or use this interactive facebook link to Pass the Plate electronically. Many celebrities, organizations, and businesses are participating and sharing their pics and you can too! It’s that easy to help raise awareness for the 1 in 7 people who struggle with hunger across America.

To join us in the fight against childhood hunger in our local communities, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation to Feed Washington. With school back in full swing this month, so are our backback programs delivering weekend food packs to kids at schools every Friday in Ballard and the Lake Washington School District - approximately 2800 packs per month costing nearly $12,000! But with Feed Washington, your dollars are part of a solution, not a bandaid. Weekend food packs, combined with the federal meal program students already receive at school during the week, means kids have the food they need 7 days a week, effectively putting an end to childhood hunger in these communities! Thank you!