Cynthia Brubaker and Mindy Domb: Fighting hunger beyond September

Friday, September 29, 2017
Fighting hunger beyond September

We are grateful that the Amherst Select Board joined our organizations, the Amherst League of Women Voters and the Amherst Survival Center, along with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, to declare September as Hunger Action Month.

Throughout the country this month, individuals and groups have taken action to respond to hunger in their communities. Their activities have included participating in this past weekend’s Will Bike 4 Food fundraiser for our local food bank, organizing food drives for local pantries, expressing support to elected officials for statewide (MEFAP) and national (SNAP) food programs. Hunger Action Month has provided us with the opportunity to join a national movement.

As we head into the final days of Hunger Action Month, we know that hunger action does not end on Sept. 30 in our community. Though many of us have observed Hunger Action Month with proclamations, food drives, fundraisers, and voter registration events, our commitment to each other is year-round.

Our commitment to end hunger is represented in food drives at workplaces, houses of worship and supermarkets; community collections for personal-care items; public education on food insecurity, forums with elected officials and communication to let them know our   concerns and our priorities; and even lemonade stands to raise funds for local programs.

Most especially, we see the commitment to take action on hunger every day in the volunteers who dedicate their time to food programs to support our neighbors.

We look forward to fighting hunger together as a community beyond September. If you’re interested in joining us, please follow our organizations on social media or go to our websites: www.lwvamherst.org and www.amherstsurvival.org for more ideas on how to get involved.

Cynthia Brubaker

The writer is voters service co-chair of the Amherst League of Women Voters.

Mindy Domb

The writer is executive director of the Amherst Survival Center.