You can help us fight hunger by advocating for our community! Here are 3 advocacy messages you can share to your own social media, and a sticker for you to make your own advocacy message.
To share these images on your own social media, first you’ll need to save them to your own device. On a computer, right-click the image and select “Save image as…”. On mobile, tap and hold your finger on the image until a menu pops up and select “Add to photos.”
Throughout the month, post the images with their accompanying italicized text to spread the word about the rising needs in our community and advocate for those who need help.
We will be posting these throughout the week on our Facebook and Instagram accounts (@cssalaska) and you can also reshare our posts.
St. Francis House Food Pantry has been serving 500 households every week. A year ago, 500 visits would’ve been an extra busy week; Now it’s the new normal.
You’re the reason we can make sure our neighbors are fed. Thank you for stepping up to fight hunger in our community and helping our neighbors in this time of great need.
For more information and to find out how you can help, go to cssalaska.org/ham.
Between the months of March and June this year, St. Francis House served over 160 new households each month.
That means that every month, 160 more households are facing hunger that weren’t experiencing it before.
The cost of food, fuel, and housing has risen quickly this year, which strains everyone’s budgets. For families who are struggling, receiving food support from a pantry like St. Francis House can be the difference between staying housed, stable, and together, or falling into crisis. Your donations can make a world of difference for a family in need, providing full bellies and assurance that help is there when they need it.
To find out more and learn how you can help, go to cssalaska.org/ham
When the pandemic began, the Federal Government issued an emergency declaration to raise all SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients’ benefits to the maximum amount allotment as a way to provide a little extra help during a hard time. On September 1st, that emergency declaration expired, which means that many SNAP recipients now receive hundreds of dollars less each month to help pay for food.
While everyone knew this was coming, the climbing cost of food makes the transition back down to pre-pandemic assistance that much harder. The cost-of-living pushes needs higher, and available Federal aid decreases at the same time. We expect this will leave more people needing the food assistance that St. Francis House Food Pantry and other local food banks provide.
When you support St. Francis House, you close the gap for hungry families, so they never have to choose between paying for rent or paying for food, or send their kids to school with empty stomachs. Moreover, your support proves that when challenges arise, our community rises to meet them together. Thank you for fighting hunger and creating hope for our community.
To learn more, go to cssalaska.org/ham
Make your own post!
Help your friends and neighbors understand the importance of Hunger Action Month by sharing what YOU can do with a healthy meal:
- Print this sticker and fill in the blank to share what a healthy meal allows you to do each day to raise awareness around hunger in Anchorage.
- Tape the sticker on a can of food and take a photo with it.
- Post the photo to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #HungerActionMonth. Don’t forget to tag Catholic Social Services! We’re @CSSalaska on both Facebook and Instagram.
We also have a flyer available here for you to print and share with your community to raise awareness about Hunger Action Month and hunger in Alaska.
Here’s two examples from last year to give you some ideas: