Heating up Labor Day Weekend with a Cause

I’m super excited to introduce you to Melissa Kear, our fall intern. She has been doing an outstanding job and she has only been here 2 weeks. Look for more Hunger Action Month updates from her.

You know Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner when the grills are coming out, the store ads are streaked with holiday specials, and the television lineup is full of programs about barbecuing and dinner parties.  For some of us, we are just ready for that extra day off or an extended weekend, but while we are at the store stocking up on bags of chips, packs of hot dogs, and that extra large bag of charcoal, did you know that 1 in 4 children in Central Florida will be going to bed hungry tonight?

With an alarming statistic like that, it is hard not to pause and wonder what you can do to change those numbers  With the help of our 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar, we have made it easy for you to help fight hunger during your Labor Day holiday.

Start off your Sunday with a “Like” on our Facebook page! Help us hit 3,000 Likes for September, plus keep up with your community food bank and the many ways you can help throughout the year, or ways that you yourself can find help in tough times.

On Labor Day, head on over to Five Guys Burgers & Fries to load up on double-stacked burgers and hand cut fries from 5-9pm.  They will be donating 10% of sales to the Second Harvest Food Bank, so make sure to mention us when you go in!

If burgers aren’t your thing, Tuesday is the day for crabs, from Joe’s Crab Shack that is!  Bring in our calendar flyer from 11 am to 11 pm, and Joe’s Crab Shack will donate 10% of your bill to Second Harvest Food Bank.

As the week progresses, get over Hump Day by visiting the Cheesecake Factory.  For every Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake you purchase, $0.25 goes to Feeding America.

By the time Thursday comes around, the weekend is in sight!  Make dinner time easier by ordering at NYPD Pizza in College Park. From 4 pm to 10 pm, they will be donating 15% of your bill to Second Harvest. All you need to do is mention Second Harvest plus this is good for dine-in or delivery.

Don’t worry, we’ve made Friday even easier! Follow us on Twitter and use the hash tag #hungeraction to join in on the hunger conversation or share it with friends.

Finally, wind down on Saturday by visiting choosemyplate.org. Learn how easy it can be to include all 5 food groups into your meals and learn to start eating healthier!  You will find lots of resources, recipes, tips to get you and your family healthy and eating right.

Remember, September is Hunger Action Month, which means everyday is a chance to do something to benefit your community and fight the hunger epidemic that is plaguing our neighbors and friends.

Never think that 10% or 15% of your bill can’t make a difference.  For every $1 Second Harvest receives, it puts out $9 in food value.  That means if 10% of your bill is only $3, that is $27 worth of food that has just been given to somebody in need.

From everybody at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, have a great Labor Day Weekend, and thank you for all that you do!

Melissa Kear
Second Harvest Food Bank intern

 

Author: Maria Shanley

Senior Digital Marketing Manager Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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