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Foodlink hosting virtual talks for Hunger Action Month

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Foodlink and other hunger-relief organizations across the Feeding America network use September — Hunger Action Month — to raise awareness about the root causes of food insecurity and encourage supporters to take action on the issue.

The annual campaign brings attention to the reality of food insecurity in the U.S., which is elevated this year due to the challenges associated with the pandemic. In Foodlink’s 10-county service area, food insecurity is projected to rise 45% in 2020.

“Now more than ever, Foodlink is urging our neighbors to get involved during Hunger Action Month,” said Julia Tedesco, president and CEO. “The need is greater and the community’s response will be critical as we navigate this crisis in the months and years to come. Whether you have the capacity to donate, volunteer or advocate, anyone can take action.”

Foodlink finalized its Advocacy Agenda last February and included three major focus areas: ensure no one goes hungry; improve access to healthy food in schools, health care settings and low-income communities; and eliminate the root causes of hunger.

On Tuesdays throughout September, Foodlink is posting video interviews with local experts that address housing, health care, racism and employment. The videos will be held via Zoom, and posted on Foodlink’s website, Facebook and YouTube pages.

On Sept. 10, community residents can wear orange to show their support of Hunger Action Month. The city’s skyline will be lit orange in honor of hunger awareness. Visit foodlinkny.org for information.