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2018 Hunger Report highlights September as Hunger Action Month

Posted on Wednesday September 19, 2018

Cobourg, ON – September 19, 2018 –  The 2018 Hunger Report, received today by County Council, provides key statistics regarding food security in Northumberland, and recommends how the community can work together to create positive change. The report to Council includes an overview of food bank usage in Northumberland, a look at the efforts made by volun­teers and community organizations to help respond to local hunger, and a recommendation to Council to declare September as Hunger Action Month in Northumberland.

Hunger Action Month is an annual month-long campaign coordinated by food banks across Canada to raise awareness about food bank usage and the issues that contribute to food insecurity. The recommendation to
proclaim September as Hunger Action Month in Northumberland County was fully supported by County Council.

“Northumberland County is a caring and supportive community that can create extraordinary change when we work together,” states County
Warden Mark Lovshin. “In 2017, more than 275 volunteers provided over 29,000 hours of service to local food banks in Northumberland. With the proclamation of September as Hunger Action Month, I encourage our
community to continue working together to prevent hunger in
Northumberland.”

Staff from Northumberland County’s Food 4 All Warehouse submitted a re­port to Council today, recommending that Council declare September as Hunger Action Awareness Month in Northumberland. This report included the release of the 2018 Hunger Report.

Throughout this month, the Food 4 All Warehouse is promoting the “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar: a month-long campaign which recommends one helpful action residents can do each day in September to respond to hunger in our community.

“Over 6,500 individuals were served by food banks in Northumberland in 2017,” states Northumberland County Food Security Services Manager Rob O’Neil. “Our goal during Hunger Action Month is to raise awareness and increase action, specifically on a local scale, that will result in valuable change for the families and individuals who require these services in our community.”

To view the 2018 Hunger Report and learn more about Hunger Action Month, visit northumberlandcounty.ca/HungerActionMonth.

 

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