JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hunger is a widespread issue that hits a lot closer to home than you would imagine.
There are hundreds of thousands of people in North Florida in need of food assistance.
Your neighbors could be among that frightening number. First Coast News is helping to shed some light on this very serious issue in our community.
September is Hunger Action Month
and FCN is asking you to take action however you can.
This week, we're focusing on our elderly population. In the U.S., about 9 million people ages 50 and up struggle with hunger.
And many of them are doing it in silence. There are several ways you can help to solve the hunger problem amongst our elderly.
Here's a brief list:
You can Donate a Gas Card to Meals on Wheels, or any local food pantry, so they can help provide more for the people they serve.
Volunteers are always needed. You can help out at Second Harvest.
You can create a Food Chain. Organize a way for you and your friends and family to feed someone in need. Take turns preparing and delivering meals to those who can't provide for themselves.
These little things can make a huge difference.
Many organizations in our area are doing their part to help end hunger.
The Journey Church Food Pantry in Fernandina Beach helps to feed from 6,000 to 8,000 people every month. Their outreach is able to do so with the help of Second Harvest North Florida. Which is the food source for more than 400 nonprofit agencies in a 17 county area.
Click this link for more details about Second Harvest and what you can do help.
First Coast News