In my last post, I introduced Hunger Action Month, a national initiative to Speak Out Against Hunger. This highlighted the need to raise awareness about hunger in our region to make sure every person in need has access to nutritious food. We know that more than 800,000 people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts utilize the emergency food system. Building awareness is critical in our efforts to end hunger.
To raise awareness, and help generate critical emergency food assistance funds next year, The Greater Boston Food Bank has embarked on a multimedia Paper Plate Campaign. We encourage everyone to get involved in this initiative by writing a message on a paper plate to tell legislators why hunger relief funding should be increased next year. Include your zip code so that we can deliver the message to your elected representative or senator. The plates we collect will be on display in Boston City Hall during the month of October, and delivered to your legislator next spring when we advocate for emergency food assistance funding.
Plates can be mailed to:
The Greater Boston Food Bank
Paper Plate Campaign
70 South Bay Ave
Boston, MA 02118
Or tweeted to @Gr8BosFoodBank using #Paperplate
So far, we have collected hundreds of plates from clients, volunteers, and members of the general public. Some are physical paper plates, and others have been tweeted using #paperplate. View our online gallery.
You can get involved and make a difference. To learn more about the Paper Plate Campaign, watch our informational video.
Speaking out against hunger is simple. Grab a paper plate and your favorite writing implement, and tell your legislator why they should help end hunger during the next Massachusetts budget season.