September is Food Hunger Month

September is Food Hunger Month.

Dear Readers.

September is Food Hunger Month.
We hope this month’s blog will inspire you to take action to fight hunger in our community.

Who’s going hungry?
Missouri has the 2nd highest rate for hunger in the nation. Hunger, also called food insecurity, goes hand in hand with poor nutrition. Hunger can lead to, or worsen health problems for anyone, however, children and seniors are especially vulnerable.
• Hungry children do poorly at school. They may suffer from anemia, asthma and anxiety. They may not grow properly.
• Hungry seniors may develop cardiac problems, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
• Hungry people are sometimes obese. How can that be, you may ask? People who cannot afford to put nutritious food on their tables will often settle for high calorie, inexpensive foods like you might find at fast food restaurants. They fill the belly but don’t provide a healthy, nutritious meal.

How does the Jewish Community help?
Members of our community help support the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry (HKJFP) and other organizations which deal with hunger. The HKJFP provides food for any resident of St. Louis County who is in need.
• In 2015, our pantry gave nutritious fresh and canned food to more than 5,000 families each month.
• Of the 87,999 people we served, 40% were children and almost 20% were seniors.

What can I do to help?
There are a number of things YOU can do during Food Hunger Month and all year round.
• Donate food!
• Check out our website for a wish list: http://jfcs-stl.org/donate-food/
• When you go shopping, pick up some extra food. After a few trips you’ll have a great bag of nutritious food to deliver to a food pantry.
• Hold a food drive at your synagogue or your child’s school.
• Kids can make this a mitzvah project, an especially good idea for a Bar/
Bat Mitzvah. Ask your guests to bring canned food to the service.
• Donate money to a food pantry and specify that it be used to purchase food. You may be eligible for a MO Food Pantry Tax Credit. It’s a Win/Win.
• Tell others. Be an advocate for stamping out hunger during Food Hunger Month.

No one should have to go hungry in a nation as splendid as ours.

With appreciation,

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry Team

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