National Food Bank Day - September
Fri, Sep 6, 2024

National Food Bank Day

National Food Bank Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of September. Despite living in the 21st century, the problem of hunger has not been eradicated. This day serves a singular purpose—to remind everyone that no one should experience food shortages. Today, food banks across the world operate with volunteers and social workers distributing food to the needy.

History

One of the oldest food banks, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, was founded in 1967 as a non-profit organization by John van Hengel. He was searching for methods to make rational use of food items, which led to the idea of food redistribution—unused food would be sent to those in need. Today, the company successfully helps millions of people around the world, inspiring the creation of hundreds of similar food banks.

Interesting Facts

  • Van Hengel also founded other organizations, such as Feeding America and the Global Food Banking Network.
  • World leaders have signed a document committing to eradicate poverty and hunger and reduce child mortality levels.
  • Approximately 42 million people in America are hungry, and food banks help these individuals.
  • Of those who experience hunger, 60% are women and 40% are men.
  • About 5 million people die from malnutrition each year.

How to join the celebration

Donate money to your local food bank. If you cannot help financially, volunteer or bring groceries. Any support is helpful and valuable. Spread the word on social networks. The more people know about this important event, the easier it will be to combat hunger. Use the hashtag #NationalFoodBankDay.

When is National Food Bank Day celebrated in 2024?

National Food Bank Day is celebrated on the first Friday of September each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Friday September 6 2024
Friday September 5 2025
Friday September 4 2026
Friday September 3 2027
Friday September 1 2028
Friday September 7 2029

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