National Food Bank Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of September. In 2022, it falls on September 2. Despite the fact that humanity lives in the 21st century, the problem of hunger has not disappeared anywhere. This day is celebrated for one purpose – to remind people that no one should experience food shortages. Today, food banks have been created in the world, where volunteers and social workers work to distribute food to the poor.
One of the oldest food banks in the world, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, was founded in 1967 as a non-profit organization. The author of the idea is John van Hengel. The founder of the company was looking for methods of rational use of food items. As a result, the idea of food redistribution was born – food that was not eaten was sent to those in need. Today, the company successfully helps millions of people around the world. The idea was picked up by hundreds of similar food banks.
- Van Hengel founded other companies, such as Feeding America and the Global Food Banking Network.
- World leaders have signed a document that sets out the goal to get rid of poverty and hunger, and to reduce the level of child mortality.
- There are approximately 42 million people in America who are hungry and food banks help those people.
- Among people who experience hunger, 60% are women, 40% are men.
- About 5 million people die from malnutrition every year.
How to join the celebration
Donate money to your local food bank. If you cannot help financially, volunteer or bring groceries. Any support would be helpful and valuable. Spread the word on social networks. The more people know about this important event, the easier it will be for us to defeat hunger. Use the hashtag #NationalFoodBankDay.
When is National Food Bank Day celebrated in 2022?
National Food Bank Day is observed on the first Friday of September each year.