What is National Food Bank Day?

National Food Bank Day is annually observed the first Friday in September. It raises awareness of food insecurity and highlights the crucial role food banks play in addressing hunger. More importantly, it serves as a call to action for individuals, communities, and businesses to contribute to food banks through donations of food, funds, or volunteer hours.

Why is this Day Important?

Food banks or pantries are non-profit organizations that play a critical role in collecting, storing, and distributing food to those facing food insecurity, due to any number of situations or circumstances. Unfortunately, hunger does not discriminate and impacts millions of Americans. By supporting food banks on this day – or any day, people can help alleviate hunger and improve the lives of those facing various hardships.

How Suburban Propane has helped over the years through SuburbanCares.

Suburban Propane has a long-standing history of supporting the local communities in which we operate. From adults and children who are struggling, to veterans and military families, to those impacted by illness or adversity, Suburban Propane’s SuburbanCares initiatives have fed, stocked, donated, and served people in need across the country.

Here are some of the efforts over the years:

How to Observe.

National Food Bank Day reminds us of the power of collective efforts in ensuring that everyone has access to food while encouraging people to get involved in the ongoing battle of fighting food insecurity year-round. Here are five ways to help combat hunger:

  1. Financial Contributions: Donating money allows organizations to purchase food and supplies that are in demand.
  2. Volunteer: From serving meals to packing non-perishable items, or delivering food to those in need, organizations commonly need volunteers throughout the year – not just the holidays.
  3. Donate: Explore your neighborhood to identify upcoming food drives, or community pantries and fridges that have gained popularity in recent years to drop off non-perishable foods. Plus, connect with local non-profit organizations to donate specifically the most requested or needed items.
  4. Host a Food Drive or Fundraiser: Collaborate with family, friends, or local businesses to accept donations within your community.
  5. Hunger Relief Organizations: While staying local has the largest impact on your community, explore organizations nationwide to see where and how you can help.