September is Hunger Action Month—11 ways you can help

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Food Bank of North Alabama is helping our community in many ways. (Food Bank of North Alabama / Facebook)

September is Hunger Action Month, and Hunger Action Day is just a couple of days away on September 23. Here’s how you can help our community fight hunger.

We’ve got 7 ways to help 3 non-profit organizations. Whether you can donate time, food or money, you can make a big difference in helping to fight hunger in our area.

Food Bank of North Alabama

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Food Bank of North Alabama is a part of the Feeding America organization. (Feeding America / Facebook)

The Food Bank of North Alabama is one of the largest organizations helping to fight hunger in our area and throughout North Alabama. Here’s 3 ways you can support their cause.

1. Donate food + other items

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Good things are happening at the Food Bank of North Alabama. (Food Bank of North Alabama)

The Food Bank of North Alabama, a part of Feeding America, accepts food donations from individuals and groups. You can simply drop off food at the location and hours listed below.

  • Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Center | 2000-B Vernon Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35804
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8:15AM-4:15PM
  • Most-needed Foods: canned meats, vegetables and fruits; peanut butter; soups, stews and chilis; paper products; dinner kits; breakfast cereals

They also have a wishlist of non-food items that they need. Contact them at 256-382-0296 or communityrelations@fbofna.org to set up a donation of wishlist items.

2. Volunteer

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All help is appreciated! (Food Bank of North Alabama)

Donating time is another valuable way to help fight hunger. We have a couple of other organizations lined up below where you can volunteer, but here’s how you can for Food Bank of North Alabama.

3. Money donations + shop for a cause

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A group of Dynetics employees volunteering with the Food Bank of North Alabama. (Food Bank of North Alabama / Facebook)

Each dollar you give to the Food Bank of North Alabama provides almost 7 meals to those in need. Giving is simple and can be a one-time donation or periodical donation. You can also give in honor or memory of someone.

You can also shop for a cause through Amazon or Kroger. Follow the instructions in the link below to get started supporting the Food Bank of North Alabama, simply by shopping!

Manna House

Manna House is a local organization that seeks to help those in need in our local community through food and ministry. They are a food distribution program apart of the Huntsville Dream Center, which is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Here’s how you can help them fight hunger in our community.

6. Volunteer

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Manna House recently held a food drive at the Orion Amphitheater. (Manna House’s Website)

Manna House does a food distribution for individuals and families that’s easy to volunteer for. All you have to do is show up at the location and times below and lend a hand!

7. Donate

Manna House also accepts online donations. You can give one time, or set up recurring giving.

Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen

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Rose of Sharon is a ministry as well as a soup kitchen. (Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen / Facebook)

Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen in Huntsville helps fight hunger with their food box program and soup kitchen ministry, both of which you can be involved in.

“Our mission is to show God’s love and grace in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless and under-privileged in the Huntsville and Madison County areas.”

Rose of Sharon’s Website

8. Volunteer

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Groups can volunteer at the Rose of Sharon. (Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen / Facebook)

Rose of Sharon has many opportunities to serve, including helping in the kitchen, helping in the dining room and clean-up.

9. Donate

Rose of Sharon accepts donations of nonperishable food items, toiletries and clothes. You can also give online to support them financially.

Downtown Rescue Mission

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The Downtown Rescue Mission serves our community in many ways. (Downtown Rescue Mission / Facebook)

The Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville provides many services for our community, and they’ve served over 293,000 meals to help fight hunger.

“We believe through compassionate care and Bible-based ministry, we help people find victory over their struggles and live a Spirit-filled and fruitful life.”

Downtown Rescue Mission’s Website

10. Volunteer

You can volunteer at the Downtown Rescue Mission in many ways, including serving meals and helping in the kitchen. Fill out the form via the link below to start volunteering and making a difference.

11. Donate

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The Downtown Rescue Mission makes a big difference, and you can be a part of it. (Downtown Rescue Mission / Facebook)

The Downtown Rescue Mission accepts food donations as a part of their Gift in Kind program. You can also give online with their Friend of the Friendless program.

So, where are you lending a hand during Hunger Action Month and beyond? Let us know on social media by using our hashtag #hvilleblast or by tagging us @hvilleblast.

Sarah Gronberg
Sarah Gronberg
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