June 3, 2004 has been set aside as the National Hunger Day in the United States. Sponsored and supported by more than 40 groups including the National Council of Churches and Bread for the World, the day of observance will allow communites across the country to focus thier attention on the problem of domestic hunger.
This year marks the third consecutive year at which food banks and food-rescue organizations, soup kitchens and food pantries, and countless individuals, faith-based organizations and businesses will donate time, raise funds, and give food to help their neighbors.
"If we can all come together on one day, June 3rd, whether in person or through our individual activities, our call for a hunger-free America might be heard," the website posted.
Some of the suggestions given to individuals were:
Find out where your local food bank or food-rescue organization is located, and volunteer to help.
Organize a group of coworkers, friends, church, youth group, or family members for a volunteer day.
Organize a food drive for your workplace, school, neighborhood, or club.
Learn more about hungry people in America by exploring the web sites of hunger-relief organizations, like America's Second Harvest
Dispel some of the myths
Begin a discussion about hunger in America at your youth group or church meeting, or in your classroom.
In October, the National Council of Churches will present an hour-long documentary entitled 'Hunger No More' in a collaborative effort with other food bank organizations
According to the latest statistics, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was at 5.7% or 8.4 million Americans. Additionally, the number of people living in poverty in the suburbs alone rose from 12.1 million in 2001 to 13.3 million in 2002.