(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 3, 2014 — September is “Hunger Action Month,” a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and fosters ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it by promoting nutrition and helping get food to those in need.
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, (R-Collierville), called upon Tennesseans to wear orange on “Hunger Action Day,” Thursday, September 4, to draw attention to the cause and launch the month-long effort. Norris said activities planned for this month include participation by the members of the Shelby County Legislative Delegation in preparing backpacks for children at the Mid-South Food Bank on Wednesday, September 24 in Memphis.
“I encourage everyone to wear orange on Thursday, September 4,” said Norris, who serves as Chairman of the national Council of State Governments which has launched a nationwide focus on hunger as part of his State Pathways to Prosperity initiative. “Volunteer at your local food bank. Get your church involved. Work with your schools to provide nutritious meals. By taking action online and in your community, you can be a part of the solution.”
Norris organized a Legislative Nutrition Caucus in the Tennessee General Assembly this year and has organized three food packaging events since June in Memphis, Little Rock and Anchorage with volunteers packaging more than 100,000 meals for those in need. He said the Feeding America kick-off on Thursday helps to encourage everyone to play a role and show their support by wearing orange. On-line support through social media is encouraged by changing Facebook and Twitter profiles orange.
“Unfortunately, Tennessee is one of the top 10 states in food insecurity among 40 to 49 year olds,” said Norris based upon recent studies.
One in five children in the United States faces hunger and millions of Americans are food insecure, meaning they don’t have consistent access to adequate food due to lack of money or resources. In 2008, the year with the highest proportion of food insecure households since food insecurity statistics were calculated, almost 50 million Americans were food insecure.
“We are helping people help themselves during their time of need,” said Norris.
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Norris represents Senate District 32 including Shelby and Tipton Counties.