30 WAYS IN 30 DAYS — OFFICIALLY OVER, BUT YOU CAN MAKE IT LAST ALL YEAR!! :)

1. Take the Hunger Action Month Pledge. Show your support at http://www.hungeractionmonth.org/ by saying that you will take action this September.
2. Change your Facebook status to support Hunger Action Month. You can also visit http://www.facebook.com/feedingamerica for more information.
3. Visit select restaurants at local Macy’s stores and donate a dollar to Feeding America at checkout. And watch St. Mary’s Food Bank’s owen super volunteer, John Demitra, in a special profile at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 15
4. For each slice of The Cheesecake Factory’s NEW Reese’s® Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake sold during Hunger Action Month, $0.25 will be donated to Feeding America and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
5. Find your local food bank and get involved. To donate time, food or money to help the hungry of Arizona, visit http://www.firstfoodbank.org and find a fun way to do it. Pack Emergency Food Boxes at our “Rock N’ Box” events. Volunteer to collect money at a concert or sporting event. Organize your company, group or organization to hold a food drive. All the info you need is a click away.
6. Huddle Up: Join the Huddle to Fight Hunger. For each person who joins, Kraft Foods will donate 1 meal. www.HuddleToFightHunger.com
7. Rock N’ Box … with a little Salsa: Come be a part of the first Hispanic-themed Rock N’ Box Emergency Food Box packing event on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Join 150 new friends who will enjoy a great meal before sorting food drive donations and packing emergency food boxes to a distinctively Latin beat. The fun starts at 5 p.m. at the Del Webb Distribution Center (2831. N. 31st Avenue. Check out the events calendar at www.firstfoodbank.org for more information.
8. The Head of the Table: Host a dinner party and collect donations for your local food bank. Ask your guests to bring food donations in lieu of a host or hostess gift.
9. Take Some ‘Time’ to Read: Check out the September 20 issue in Time magazine highlighting the work of Feeding America, on newsstands now.
10. Do it Yourself: Hunger is an everyday disaster. Build two emergency food boxes – one for your family and another to share with a family in need in the event of a disaster in your area. For a list of most needed items, check out the food drive page at www.firstfoodbank.org.
11. Live on a Food Stamp budget: For one day, live on a food stamp budget. Try to stretch those dollars to feed yourself and see how difficult it is to eat nutritiously. (The average person receives $133.77 a month in benefits or roughly $4.45 a day).
12. Food, Fun and Frenzy: Bring canned food items to the 2010 Fall Frenzy on Sept 17-19 for cheap tickets and chances for great prizes. Come see backs like Stone Temple Pilots, Devo. Sublime Weezer, Primus and The Cult at the 2010 Arizona Fall Frenzy at Tempe Beach Park. Bring five canned items and not only will you save $15 on admission, you will be entered in raffles to win autographed items and meet-and-greet opportunities with the band.
13. Throttle Up for Hunger: Donate food at any Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in the Valley, or any of the 13 valley Waffle House Restaurants, to support the second annual HOG Biker’s Food Challenge. The food drive runs through Oct. 7.
14. Feeding Arizona’s Hungry, Country Style: Country superstar Brad Paisley is bringing is 2010 tour to Cricket Pavilion on Oct. 18 along with Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish) for what should be a great night of music. And Paisley is helping to fight hunger by encouraging all his fans to bring non-perishable food donations to the concert. The person who brings the most food and/or water to the concert will earn great reserved tickets and a meet-and-greet with Paisley at the show! For more information, check out the events calendar at www.firstfoodbank.org.
15. Make Your Voice Heard: Call your representatives in Congress as they return from recess to let them know that hunger is an urgent issue. Check out http://hungeractioncenter.org/ for the necessary information.
16. Giving the extra mile: Join United Air Lines in turning miles into meals by donating your miles to Feeding America. Check out www.united.com for more information.
17. Make Your Donation to Feeding America Go Even Further through the Ameriprise Financial Challenge. Ameriprise Financial will match, two for one, all online gifts to Feeding America during the month of September. Check out www.hungeractionmonth.org for more information.
18. The Pen can be Mighty: Write a letter-to-the-editor of at the Arizona Republic or your local newspaper talking about hunger in your community and how it is a solvable issue.
19. Learn more about hunger by reading the Feeding America blog: http://blog.feedingamerica.org/. Last week, the US Census Bureau released new statistics stating nearly 44 million Americans lived in poverty in 2009. This is an increase of 3.8 million since 2008 and the highest rate of poverty since 1994. The report also found that more than 1 in 5 children are living in poverty. Check out the blog for more information.
20. Set an empty place at your dinner table: Remember the 1 in 6 Americans struggling with hunger by setting an empty place at your table.
21. Donate Food at the Nearest Rent-A-Center Location: Rent-A-Center is observing Hunger Action Month by donating $250,000 to food banks across the United States – including a $20,000 donation today to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Representatives will be at St. Mary’s Del E. Webb Distribution Center to present a check and volunteer to pack Emergency Food Boxes. RAC is also ready to collect your non-perishable food donations at any location during September.
22. Buy-a-Ball … Feed the Hungry … Keep Your Fingers Crossed: The Hotstix Golf 3rd Annual North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Sept. 24 at the beautiful Kierland Golf Course. The tournament is sold out, but there is still time to take part in the “Helicopter Ball Drop” Sponsored by Ganem Jewelers. Buy a golf ball for $25 – of five for $100. All the balls will be dropped from a helicopter over the 18th green at Kierland and the ball closes to the pin will win a $5,000 Limited Edition Tag Heuer SLR Watch, along with great 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Go to www.armedzillafoundation.org to purchase balls.
23. Shop for a Cause at Macy’s: For every purchase of a Shop for a Cause savings pass made on Oct. 16, a portion of the $5 goes to support Feeding America. Check out http://hungeractionmonth.org/partners/macys.aspx for more information on how you can save money and feed the hungry.
24. Become a Hunger Champion: Join our advocacy team and become a hunger champion. You can raise your voice and let people know how important this issue is. Check out http://hungeractioncenter.org/champions/ for details.
25. Get Coupons from Kraft Foods: Look for valuable Kraft Foods coupons supporting Feeding America in the Sunday editions of the Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune.
26. Not Too Late to Take the Hunger Action Month Pledge: Take the Hunger Action Month Pledge at www.hungeractionmonth.org. and encourage friends to do the same!
27. Organize a food drive to help people in your community. More than 2,000 food drives were organized by people from six to 96 last year for St. Mary’s Food Bank. If your company, organization, church, neighborhood – or even your family – is interested in holding a food drive, call Ray Combe at (602) 343-3173 and he’ll walk you through the process.
28. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee! How about skipping your morning latte and donating the savings locally to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance http://www.firstfoodbank.org or nationally to Feeding America http://hungeractionmonth.org/donate.aspx.
29. Volunteer at your local food bank: Visit http://www.FirstFoodBank.org for more information on how to volunteer at St. Mary’s.
30. Continue to Help End Hunger in America All Year Long: Donating Food, Funds or Time is a great idea any time of the year. Check out www.firstfoodbank.org for the best way to fight hunger in your community.

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