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Oregonians Get "30 Ways, 30 Days" to Fight Hunger

September 7, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - September is Hunger Action Month, a national observance created last year when food banks and charities experienced record levels of need. That hasn't changed, and the Oregon Food Bank has come up with a list of 30 different ways people around the state can pledge to fight hunger.

In addition to donating and volunteering, there are some unusual entries on the to-do list, things like 'register to vote,' or 'read a book about hunger.' Another is to share a story about your own experience with hunger; Oregon Food Bank public policy outreach coordinator Sarah Flynn explains why.

"We can use those stories to help the public understand hunger; we can communicate with legislators about them. And we can make sure that our volunteers and everybody who's donating food know why it's so important to help."

Flynn says that, along with meeting immediate needs for food, the Food Bank also advocates for an end to the root causes of hunger, and individual stories make the message more meaningful.

The "pledge" is an important key to this year's "30 Ways in 30 Days" campaign. Sarah Flynn says it's part of a national challenge that could pay off big for hungry Oregonians.

"The state that has the greatest percentage of pledges will win a truckload of food. And so, just by pledging to take action and doing one action during the month, you can help us meet that important need."

Read all 30 of the hunger-fighting suggestions and make a pledge online to complete one this month, at oregonfoodbank.org.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR