Did you know that September is Hunger Action Month? Hunger Action Month was established by Feeding America in 2008 to raise awareness about hunger. It is a month to fight hunger in communities nationwide, including right here in the Twin Ports.
The Damiano Center is the largest emergency meal provider in Northeastern Minnesota. We will serve about 10,000 meals just this month in the Community Kitchen.
We serve people and families who have little to no income, who are often dealing with homelessness, disability, mental health issues, and other problems that make each day a struggle. Thousands of our neighbors in Duluth are living in poverty and reliant on emergency food programs like the Community Kitchen and Kids' Kitchen to ensure that they can survive on a day-to-day basis.
You may wonder what you can do to impact a problem so large. Our Board Secretary, Reverend Liz Liebenstein, says: "It’s easy, I suppose, to become overwhelmed. But my hope for our world is that we’ll realize how strong we are when we pool our resources, allow ourselves to be challenged and stretched to care more deeply about ourselves and each other, as we work together to create a world where everyone wakes up knowing their life matters."
What action can you take to help? You can pool your resources with Liz and 46 others by joining the Sustenance Partners monthly giving program. As a Sustenance Partner, your monthly gift of $10 is enough to provide four meals in the Community Kitchen each month. Your monthly gift will help us to feed our hungry neighbors here in the Twin Ports.
You can give directly from your bank account to ours by ACH, via credit/debit card, or by sending us a monthly check. Everything we do at the Damiano Center is a community effort, and we truly could not do this work without your help. Together, we can achieve so much.