Choose to Wipe Out Hunger
Yolo County Supervisors encouraged more support for Yolo Food Bank's food aid work by declaring September as Hunger Action Month in Yolo County.
The supervisors passed a resolution recognizing Hunger Action Month (Feeding America's monthlong campaign to help end hunger in Yolo County) and the urgent state of food insecurity affecting more than 20 percent of residents, while calling every citizen across the county to raise their awareness and level of action to fight hunger.
Yolo Food Bank provides food assistance to almost 24,000 Yolo County residents monthly through its 10 programs, including partnership with 63 agencies.
"Hunger is, more often than not, a chronic problem for so many of our neighbors," according to Linda Zablotny-Hurst, the Food Bank director of development. "So, it is important to remember that these individuals and their households represent a cross section of our community."
"There are several reasons that result in food insecurity, including little or no income, unemployment and underemployment, the rising costs of shelter and food, medical care and utility expenses, lack of transportation, and food deserts," stated Zablotny-Hurst. "As a society we need to address these issues. But as a community we can't singlehandedly take on solving them.
"What we can do, however, is make a choice about hunger here at home in Yolo County. Do we do more or maintain the status quo and ignore the struggle of so many community members?"
Zablotny-Hurst is posing the question: "How can we have hundreds of farms in our county and still have people going hungry?"
"We're calling everyone to make a choice that no one in Yolo County should not have enough food, particularly the almost one in four children who don't know if they'll have enough to eat during the day," she continued.
"We're challenging you to work towards wiping out hunger in Yolo County by following our '30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar,' or getting involved in other opportunities found on our website, for donating, advocating or participating," Zablotny-Hurst stated.
Calendar tasks include everything from participating in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program challenge to volunteer opportunities and a food packing event Saturday, Sept. 27, at Yolo Food Bank. People can also download the "30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar" and sign up for the food packing event at: http://www.yolofoodbank.org/events.