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Putting the focus on hunger

Nationally more than 200 Feeding America™ Food Banks, including local affiliate Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, join forces to raise awareness, food and money during September's Hunger Action Month.

Support garnered will be used for Second Harvest's programs and services which benefit the 1 in 8 Northland residents who struggle with food security — nearly 44,000 throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

"We're using this special month to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in our Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin communities," said Shaye Moris, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's executive director. "We also want people to take action like hosting a fund or a food drive or volunteering. And, we have a special social media campaign this year in which we're asking people to post — there could even be a few faces that area residents recognize."

September marks the 10th year that the food bank has participated in this annual event known as Hunger Action Month™. This year, the food bank has partnered with local organizations to compile a 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar. The calendar provides unique opportunities for regional residents to show daily support in the Northland.

Additionally, Hunger Action Day®, Thursday, is a day where Second Harvest hopes to engage the public and raise awareness. Enger Tower will be lit orange and residents are asked to "Go Orange" like the local landmark, posting photos on social media using #HungerActionMonth. The public is also invited to a noon to 1 p.m. food bank tour where participants learn about area hunger in addition to the food bank's response.

Throughout the month, the food bank will recognize a food, fund, agency partner, volunteer and board member of the year.

For more information about our Hunger Action Month events, contact Katie Hagglund at (218) 336-2304 or katie@northernlakesfoodbank.org. To learn more about Feeding America's Hunger Action Month, visit www.hungeractionmonth.org.

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