The Hunger Coalition hopes to increase citizens' awareness of hunger and encourage compassion for the hungry during Hunger Awareness Month, said Jeanne Liston, executive director of The Hunger Coalition. On Oct. 22, the coalition is asking individuals to get have their own sense of hunger by skipping at least one meal or even by fasting for the entire day.
The goals are to increase awareness of hunger and poverty in Blaine County and raise money for the vital programs of The Hunger Coalition. The money that would have been spent on food during the day can be donated to the coalition's efforts to end hunger. Additionally, participants are encouraged to write about their experience with hunger on a blog located on The Hunger Coalition's Web site at www.thehungercoalition.org.
Liston suggests that a person who wants to participate can donate the money saved from a skipped meal to The Hunger Coalition, write about their experiences on the coalition's blog, donate food in the yellow food barrels located at each of the area's grocery stores, or purchase a Stop Hunger food card at Atkinsons' Market check-out stands.