As so many communities in Texas rally together to provide aid to all those effected by Hurricane Harvey, and now with the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, it seems the needs of so many communities in our nation are wide and deep. One need that is present now and always is HUNGER.
September is Hunger Action Month. This is an opportunity to join a movement - a cause - that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, supporting the Y through your membership and future donation to our 2018 Community Support Campaign, wearing orange, or volunteering, you can find a way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.
Often we mistakenly fall victim to thinking any one of us alone can make a difference. But together, ripples are made.
An estimated 49.1 million Americans live in food-insecure households including nearly 16 million children. That means one child in every five doesn’t know where or when they’ll have their next meal.
To drill that down a little closer to home... Last year alone, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga served 350,000 meals to needy children in the greater Chattanooga area. Yes, this is occurring while you attend group exercise classes; meet with a trainer; utilize any of our Youth Sports, Aquatics or any other programs. It's happening YEAR ROUND. And the need is growing. In 2018, we'll add 100,000 MORE meals to that number.
In the last four years alone, the local need has meant growing from four feeding sites to now 85 sites - where one or two meals are served five days per week.
Chances are, someone your child goes to school with struggles getting enough to eat. Chances are, someone your child knows attends a school that the Y provides meals to, or recognizes our YMCA feeding truck when it pulls into a site or neighborhood near them.
We wrap all this up to simply state: When there is a need, the Y steps in. When you join the Y or support us in other ways through financial donations; encouraging friends and family to join; or in seeking volunteer opportunities, you stand with us in our efforts to leave the community in a better state than when we found it -- and that makes for a healthier us... a better us.