October 11, 2018
October is Tackling Hunger Month and it is important to understand how individuals of all ages, races, and genders struggle with hunger. There are also a few ways you can help those affected by hunger in your own community.
According to Feeding America, 40 million Americans struggle with hunger and food insecurity, which relates to the circumstances that prevent individuals from accessing the food they need. Circumstances such as becoming unemployed or unexpected medical expenses can lead to individuals becoming food insecure. For families, especially those with children or elderly members, access to sufficient and nourishing food is critical.
The YMCA partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and offers monthly Produce Days at various YMCA locations to help tackle hunger within our communities. These locations include:
· McCormick YMCA (first Tuesday of every month)
· Kelly Hall YMCA (first Saturday of every month)
(second Friday of the month)
· South Side YMCA (third Tuesday of the month)
As a nonprofit, the YMCA relies on the generosity of community members to sustain our mission. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:
Become a volunteer
Make a donation
Support your local food banks
Do your part in tackling hunger throughout the month of October!