PHARR, Texas – One in four children in the Rio Grande Valley go to bed hungry. Organizers with the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley say food insecurity issues plague the region. That is why the food bank is gearing up for their biggest annual fundraising event of the year. September is ‘Hunger Action Month’ and the Food Bank of the RGV is asking residents help by taking a stand against hunger.
Olivia Lemus, Volunteer Services Manager, “It’s so important for us to have supporters. For us to have people who believe in our mission because we cannot do this alone.”
The Food Bank of the RGV is the largest charity in south Texas. They help feed 64,000 residents per week in Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron Counties using a holistic approach.
“We’re not just providing food, we’re providing nutrition classes. We are also providing better quality of product, they receive fresh produce.” says Lemus.
You can help by attending the food bank’s largest fundraising event of the year on September 17th. The 14th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon.
Lemus says, “To learn more about what hunger means in our community and how they can fight against it, and not only that, but they also get to enjoy over 35 different restaurants that come together and give them a little taste of what they have.”
Funds raised during Empty Bowls will directly benefit vulnerable families and children in the Valley.
Lemus adds, “You’re helping your neighbor, you’re helping the person that you might see at the store. They might be thinking whether or not to buy that one piece of vegetable and again even though it seems so small that is so big.”
Pre-sale tickets for Empty Bowls are still on sale. On September 12 the food bank will have a big sale on the tickets.
For more information on the event or for ways to get your tickets visit this link: http://www.foodbankrgv.com/fundraisers/empty-bowls-sponsors/