September is Hunger Action Month
Hunger Action Month is a nationwide effort to inspire people and the communities they live in to take action and raise awareness on the issue of hunger.
Josephine County residents continue to face rising rates of food insecurity brought on by inflation, lack of affordable housing, and other economic pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of our Josephine County residents, a daily meal is not a choice between foods but rather an impossible choice between food and other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine.
Food shouldn't be an impossible choice.
In June of 2022, 1 out of every 5 Josephine County residents accessed emergency food services.
Grocery prices have risen more than 10% across the board, with meat and fish prices up 14%. When difficult times hit, food can be the first thing people forego to make ends meet. In Josephine County, that impossible choice is faced by thousands of residents every day.
Stand Against Hunger in September
Join Josephine County Food Bank this September for Hunger Action Month, and help support all of our food-insecure neighbors across Josephine County. Whether you donate time, money, or food, or spread awareness about hunger online or in person - you are working to support our 25+ local food assistance sites, and the 16,000 people who depend on them every month.
In 2020, Josephine County Food Bank and our network of partner agencies distributed 2.9 million pounds of food throughout Josephine County. This would not have been feasible without the support of all of our volunteers, donors, community partners, and funders! Together, we can make an impact on the lives of those experiencing food insecurity.
"The Food Bank helped me in my time of need in between jobs, as a painter in the winter. They helped me survive."
"The Food Bank helps me so much. My SSI is low, and my rent is high not much for food!"
"We wouldn't be able to eat without our local food bank on certain weeks. [...] Even with a full-time job, it's hard to survive and eat."
"On $859 a month, I wouldn't eat at all, AND I have 4 grand babies + 1 daughter to think of too."