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Through the month of September, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania observes Hunger Action Month – an initiative designed to inspire the public to take action on the issues of hunger. Advocates from across the country work to shine a light on the 49 million individuals facing food insecurity in our country, including the 167,700 individuals right here in northwest Pennsylvania.

Staff, board members and their families participate in volunteer activities that help provide our member agencies with nutritious food.

Second Harvest encourages the public to also get involved during Hunger Action Month by participating in the following:

  • Turn Erie Orange: Local businesses in Erie County can turn their offices orange – the official color of Hunger Action Month. Businesses can participate by asking staff to wear orange, by displaying Second Harvest signs in their front windows and by putting orange light bulbs in their light fixtures. Second Harvest has asked participating businesses to share with them how they are participating in Hunger Action Month.
  • Open Houses: Second Harvest will open its doors to visitors with special events during the month of September. Guests will receive a behind the scenes look at the daily operations of a food bank. A photo taking area will also be set up for visitors to take “spoon selfies”—taking a selfie while balancing an orange spoon on the nose, then posting the photo to social media and including a statistic about hunger in northwest Pennsylvania to become an advocate for the food bank.
  • Food Drives and Fundraisers: Second Harvest also encourages individuals, groups and businesses to consider hosting fundraisers and food drives to benefit the food bank. These events provide the food bank with essential food and monetary donations that are needed to support member agencies.

For more information on how you can help those in need in northwest Pennsylvania, please call Amanda Johnson at 814-459-3663 x 119 or email ajohnson@nwpafoodbank.org.