Food is a basic human right. Yet programs and policies that work to end hunger are continually under attack. That’s why every September, Feeding America and food banks across the nation stand together during Hunger Action Month to spread awareness about hunger and work toward solutions.

How can you get involved? So glad you asked! Whether by spreading awareness about hunger in your community, volunteering, or adding your voice to our advocacy efforts, any way you pitch in will help make this year’s #HungerActionMonth the most powerful yet.

Here are five ways to get started:

1. Help #SaveSNAP.

Congress is proposing $10 billion in cuts to SNAP, which used to be called food stamps and is known in California as CalFresh. These cuts are about 25 percent of the entire program. Over 112,000 people in Alameda County use on CalFresh to buy groceries.

We need your voice to help protect this program! Sign a letter to your elected officials. (It takes just a couple minutes.) And, sign up for our action alerts to learn about other opportunities to help defend SNAP.

2. Spread the word on social media

Join in a national social media effort to spread awareness and action by taking a selfie with one of these empty plates. Be sure to write in your responses to what you can do to end hunger, and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram when you post your pic.

3. Come to our farm bill event

What’s the farm bill? And what does it have to do with Alameda County? Short answer: It’s an important piece of legislation that funds critical anti-hunger programs. On Wed., Sept. 27, we’re hosting an event to educate our community about the farm bill, and inspire people to join us in acting against recent threats to its anti-hunger programs. RSVP here.

4. Donate on September 14 (And have your gift instantly doubled.)

On national Hunger Action Day, all donations to ACCFB will be matched by a group of generous donors, until we reach $10,000. Your donations will support our work providing nutritious food for 1 in 5 Alameda County residents, as well as fuel our year-round advocacy efforts. And on Sept. 14, your gift will go twice as far.

5. Hand out our helpline cards

If you or someone you know someone needs food, please call us or share our Food Helpline cards. Our helpline staff and volunteers help callers find a source for free groceries or a hot meal near where they live or work. We also can connect callers to other resources, including learning if they’re eligible for CalFresh. You can print out a whole page of helpline cards here — make sure you print on both sides of the paper.

6. Volunteer

Help us package fresh food, answer calls on our helpline, or assist in our office. We rely on volunteers — our work simply wouldn’t be possible without their help. Spend a shift with us helping provide food to our community by registering today. We especially need weekday help, so bring your group of coworkers or friends.

Questions? Or have your own idea for how to take part in #HungerActionMonth? Get in touch with our advocacy team.