Throughout 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 54 million individuals facing food insecurity nationwide, including the 85,000 individuals right here in northwest Pennsylvania.

 


 

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

 

Turn Erie Orange:

Local businesses 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, advertising Hunger Action Month on their outside marquee signage and by putting orange light bulbs in their light fixtures. Second Harvest asks that participating businesses let us know how you are taking action in Hunger Action Month so we can recognize and thank you.

30 Ways in 30 Days:

For easy, everyday ideas on how to take action and spread awareness, we’ve enclosed our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar. Pick one or more of the action items listed on the calendar and let us know how you’re participating.

Fundraisers and Food Drives:

Second Harvest also encourages individuals, groups and businesses to consider hosting fundraisers and food drives throughout Hunger Action Month. These events provide Second Harvest with essential food and monetary donations that are needed to support member agencies.

Volunteer:

Your time is a gift to hungry kids, seniors and others who don’t have enough food to eat. There are many volunteer opportunities available at Second Harvest. Second Harvest volunteers help sort, process and pack food… and it’s a fun experience. If you would like to become a volunteer, please register at nwpafoodbank.org/become-a-volunteer/.

 


 

Virtual Food Drive and Fundraiser:

Support the mission of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania by hosting a virtual food drive or fundraiser. Now more than ever before it is important to be creative in how we collaborate with others while also social distancing, and virtual fundraisers and food drive are a great option.  By donating, setting up a fundraiser, or creating a virtual food drive, you will contribute to the important work of alleviating hunger in our community. Virtual food drives limit the need to store and transfer physical food and your donation goes a long way as Second Harvest is able to provide 6 meals for every $1 donated. To get started, please visit nwpafoodbank.fenly.org and follow the steps below:

 

Step 1: Create a Fundraising Page

Your fundraising needs are unique, so you can choose between three different platforms — individual fundraisers, team fundraisers, and virtual food drives. The first step is deciding which is best for your fundraising needs and creating a user account.

Step 2: Customize Your Page

We know that each fundraiser and each campaign is unique. Be sure to share the reason you are supporting Second Harvest and set your own goal. After selecting the type of fundraising campaign you want, be sure to customize it to maximize donations. Share a bit about why you are fundraising for Second Harvest and upload a featured image. Then, decide how much you want to raise and set a goal!

Step 3: Share Your Fundraiser

Now it’s time to get some donations! Email your fundraising page to your personal and professional network. Link to your page on your social channels. Send a quick message to friends and family letting them know how to donate. Donations are easy for your supporters and can be made in just three clicks! With the built-in Goal Meter, you and your supporters will always be able to see exactly how close you are to achieving your fundraising goal!

Step 4: Change Lives

Every dollar you raise will help Second Harvest achieve our mission of providing the gifts of food and a better future for children, families, and seniors in need. 

 


Print the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar and follow along each day with ways you can help alleviate hunger!

 


 

Tell Us Your Story!

We want to hear your story! Click Here to fill out the form, and submit it to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania to tell us why supporting Second Harvest is important to you!

 

For more information on how you can help those in need in northwest Pennsylvania, please call Andrea Velez at (814) 459-3663 x 113 or email avelez@nwpafoodbank.org.