One in nine people struggle with hunger in the United States. That is well over 35 million people who face food insecurity. Every day, food insecurities challenge individuals and families with unreliable access and/or insufficient quantity of nutritious food at affordable prices. According to Feeding America, “food banks are serving more people than ever – with an average increase of 50% across the country” because of the pandemic.

Local food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens are where communities are rallying together to stand up against hunger. Located in Fargo, ND, the Great Plains Food Bank supplies over 300 pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters with food to serve the people of North Dakota and Clay County of Minnesota. Feeding America estimates there are over 56,000 food insecure people in this area alone.

What is MSUM doing about hunger?

As MSUM Dragons, we are committed to acting upon our core values of grit, humility, and heart. Dragon Entertainment Group is hosting a Hunger Action Month themed Grocery Bag Bingo on September 22. This event will provide students with the chance to win non-perishable foods for their own shelves as well as the opportunity to learn more about hunger action in the Fargo-Moorhead community. With limited space in the ballroom, there will be two sessions of the event (7:00pm and 8:30pm) along with an on-line component offered via Zoom. Visit the event page on Dragon Central for more information.

Over 20 years ago, MSUM began a program called CleanStart, focused on benefitting the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center (RACC) of Fargo. The program’s name changed to Dragons Give in 2016 and has since expanded to include donations for the Great Plains Food Bank. This food and supply drive has donated over 3,000 pounds of food since 2016 and continues to collect nonviolent children’s toys, used cell phones, and toiletry items for the RACC. Dragons Give boxes will be stationed across campus throughout Homecoming.

Take action today!

Here are a few ways you can get involved to help your community:

  • Thank volunteers and staff of your local food bank/pantry/shelter
  • Visit Feeding America for more information on hunger facts and myths
  • Host a food drive/fundraiser (Facebook fundraisers work too!)
  • Become a regular food bank or food pantry volunteer
  • Talk to your parents, friends, children about hunger in America
  • Donate to Dragons Give, Feeding America, the Great Plains Food Bank, or other food banks/pantries/shelters
  • Challenge yourself to take action via the suggestions on the Great Plains Food Bank’s Action Calendar (many actions can be done any month of the year!)
  • Vote to feed everyone in America
Hunger Action Month | September 2020
Take an action each day to fight hunger in your community. 1 - turn orange on social media! Change your profile picture and cover photo to support hunger-relief. 2 - Share this calendar with others and encourage them to take daily steps to fight hunger. 3 - Purchase additional food items to donate to your local food pantry. 4 - Visit greatplainsfoodbank.org and start your own virtual food drive. 5 - One in eight people in N.D. doesn't have enough food to eat. Share this alarming stat with a friend. 6 - 27 percent of food produced in the U.S. never makes it to the dinner table. Set a goal to go this week without wasting food. 7 - Labor Day. Getting together for the holiday? Ask guests to bring extra food items to donate. 8 - Donate 30 non-perishable food items to the Great Plains Food Bank or your local food pantry. 9 - Visit greatplainsfoodbank.org and sign up to be a Hunger Advocate now. 10 - Wear orange for Hunger Action day! 11 - For each dollar donated, we can provide three meals for those in need. Visit greatplainsfoodbank.org/donate to make a gift now. 12 - Visit Feeding America and the Great Plains Food Bank on YouTube and watch the impact of hunger. 13 - Create a Facebook fundraiser to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank. 14 - Make a social media post using #HungerActionMonth and #HeartsSolveHunger sharing a statistic or story about hunger. 15 - Wear an orange ribbon today to support hunger awareness. 16 - Can you eat for $4 per day? Do the SNAP Challenge to find out. 17 - Place a call to your local food pantry to ask if they are in need of volunteers. 18 - Send a letter to an elected representative urging them to support ending hunger - invite them to visit the Great Plains Food Bank. 19 - Sign up to receive Portions, our electronic newsletter, to stay up to date with hunger relief efforts in our region. 20 - Organize a week-long employee food drive. 21 - View our Hunger in N.D. 2018 study and share one stat you found surprising: greatplainsfoodbank.org/hind-2018.html 22 - Post a picture of you holding a paper plate with a sentence about how you will fight hunger. 23 - research three hunger stats about N.D. and the U.S. and post them on social media. 24 - Ask your employer if they would be willing to match your donation of time or money to a hunger relief organization. 25 - Ask coworkers to bring lunches next week and donate the money saved to the Great Plains Food Bank or your local food pantry. 26 - Have a potluck dinner. Have guests bring dishes that are meaningful to them and share food stories. 27 - Donate the items you collected from your food drive or other items from your pantry to a GPFB partner food pantry. 28 - Ask one local business if they would be willing to donate a portion of their profits to a hunger relief organization of their choice. 29 - Visit greatplainsfoodbank.org/impact and read the real-life stories of North Dakotans struggling with hunger. 30 - What have you learned about hunger this month? Write an op-ed or letter to the editor sharing your concerns. 
Hunger Action Month
Member of Feeding America
Great Plains Food Bank put together this action calendar for September, but challenge yourself to continue the fight against hunger throughout the year.