National Hunger Awareness Day set for June 3

For the third year in a row, communities nationwide will recognize National Hunger Awareness Day June 3. This year’s event is “One Big Table—Share A Meal.”

To focus attention on the persistent problem of domestic hunger, the Hunger Connection Food Bank will participate in National Hunger Awareness Day by hosting a brown-bag lunch at the Rockford College campus. The event is scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Regents Hall in the Burpee Center.

More than 80 local officials, community leaders, religious leaders, hunger relief organizations and members of the community will gather to discuss the issue of hunger in our nation and our community.

More than 12,000 children who are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches in the Rockford School District will lose this regular meal the day school lets out for summer. Only about 2,500 children will participate in the Summer Feeding program. Ten thousand children are at risk of hunger through the summer months. Pantries and soup kitchens experience a spike in the number of children requiring their services.

The Hunger Connection Food Bank is the only food bank serving the northern Illinois region. HCFB partners with more than 200 agencies, including pantries, soup kitchens, congregate meal sites, shelters and after-school programs to distribute much-needed food to those in need. HCFB provides enough food to feed approximately 30,000 families each month.

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