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GENEVA, Ill. — Thursday, Sept. 5, Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) and 200 Feeding America food banks across the country ask the public to “Go Orange” to generate awareness of the issue of hunger in our community.
Go Orange Day kicks off a month of activities NIFB has designed to raise the profile of hunger in northern Illinois. According to a recent Brookings Institute study, the number of people living in poverty in suburbs across the United States has grown 69 percent since 2001; 425,000 people in the 13-county area served by NIFB face hunger. The food bank provides food to more than 60,000 people each week through a network of 800 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs.
How can you get involved?
Visit www.solvehungertoday.org for a complete list of Hunger Action Month events. Following are some ways to get involved in spreading the word about hunger and the work that NIFB and its network partners are doing to feed hungry neighbors:
• Wear an orange tie or shirt to work Sept. 5, National Go Orange Day, to spark a conversation about hunger;
• Dine at one of the 35 restaurants participating in Dine Out For Hunger, including Backyard Grill and Bar, and Rocky’s Bar and Grill, both in Loves Park, Sept. 5 -13, where 10 percent of customers’ bills will be donated to the food bank when they present a Dine Out For Hunger postcard. Find participating restaurants and download the postcard at www.SolveHungerToday.org/HAM;
• Learn about hunger in northern Illinois at www.SolveHungerToday.org;
• Start a fund-raiser to support the food bank’s efforts in feeding more than 60,000 people each week;
• Take a ride on Great America’s American Eagle, which will be lit up orange in honor of Hunger Action Month. Save $25 on admission Sept. 7 and 8 by donating six nonperishable food items or $10 to NIFB. Visit http://www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/events/FoodDrive.aspx for information;
• Enjoy a relaxing Moroccan Ritual Body Treatment with Orange Peel Body Buff at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, and Eaglewood will donate 10 percent to the food bank;
• Download a Hunger Action Month poster at www.SolveHungerToday.org and ask your business to post it or a message on its marquee;
• Enter a bowling team in NIFB’s Young Professionals Board’s Strike Out Hunger event Sept. 25 at Tivoli Lanes in Downers Grove;
• Volunteer at NIFB, repacking food for distribution to local food pantries and other feeding programs; and
• Talk with friends about the fact that many of our neighbors do not have enough to eat.
Locally, contact the NIFB, 6315 N. Second St., Loves Park, Ill., at (815) 639-1257 or visit www.solvehungertoday.org/volunteer to sign up to volunteer.
Posted Sept. 4, 2013