Hunger Action Month & You

September is Hunger Action Month! It’s a time when we try to spread awareness about hunger and share ways we can all be part of the solution. Many don’t realize that 1 in 7 people now face hunger in New Jersey. At a time when so many are struggling to keep food on the table, agencies like CUMAC are providing groceries and vital resources to thousands of our neighbors every month. Because of your kindness CUMAC is able to serve all who come our way. We can assist clients like Tanya, a Paterson native who recently lost her job and home. Tanya had been living in a shelter and working to get her life back on track, but was forced to leave because of time restrictions. With no other options she’s been living out of her car, keeping all of her possessions piled in the back seat. 

When Tanya walked into CUMAC, it was her last resort. She was hungry, scared and exhausted. Immediately our team sprang into action, searching the warehouse for items that could help Tanya, like food that would be easy to eat without a kitchen. Moments later they came together with drinks, sandwich fixings, and snacks.  Thanks to special collections, we were even able to give Tanya a bag full of hygiene products.  She was so grateful that she gave each of our pantry team members a huge hug. Before she left, our team invited her to come back as soon as she needed more, hoping next time she would be coming to fill her refrigerator with food. With a sigh of relief, she smiled and went on her way.

Tanya’s story is similar to so many others around our community. Over 1 million people struggle with hunger in New Jersey, and the effects can be devastating. Fortunately, CUMAC is providing many of our struggling neighbors with the resources they need most. You can help us do more. During Hunger Action Month and beyond, we’re calling on you to be part of the hunger solution. Spread the word about hunger and take action this month. Your efforts, large or small, can help change someone’s life around you.

Want to get started? Here are some ways you can fight hunger this month:

1. Hold a food drive or special collection for your local pantry! CUMAC is running low on several vital items at the moment. Check out a list of our most-needed items and help restock our shelves.

2. Volunteer in your community. Individuals and groups are always welcome at CUMAC! Learn more about volunteering here.

3. Spread the word about hunger! Use #HungerActionMonth or #Hungerhelpers to be part of the online conversation. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest news about hunger and CUMAC.

4. Contact your local representative and tell them to make hunger a priority. With 1 in 5 children facing hunger, it is imperative that we strengthen anti-hunger programs like SNAP and summer meals. Look up your representatives here.

5. Sign up to run down hunger with us! We’re looking for runners and walkers to join Team CUMAC for our 2nd annual Halloween-themed 5K this October. Learn more here.

6. Attend a CUMAC event! From concerts and sporting events to meal-packing events and auctions, CUMAC has events for everyone. See what’s happening this fall on our events page.

7.  Sign up for OP4G and become an online fundraiser! OP4G is a market research company that allows users to take surveys to raise money for their favorite charitable organizations. Every time you take a survey you can earn money to help feed families in need (and yourself). Sign up for OP4G this month and CUMAC will receive a special bonus. To get started click here. For other ways to get involved you can check out our online opportunities.