Garden City, NY (PRWEB) July 10, 2014
Whether they brought in one can of food or a bag full of groceries, volunteered at a local food bank or listened to someone from their community speak about what it’s like to be hungry, NAPW Local Chapter members and guests took action this June in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Month. Groups of professional women gathered at networking meetings in five regions across the country where they heeded the call of the NAPW Foundation to help end hunger in America now by collecting food, donating funds and raising awareness about those individuals, especially children, who go to bed hungry each night.
“NAPW Local Chapters are stepping up to the plate, working with dedication, compassion and philanthropic spirit to feed the hungry and bring awareness to the overwhelming hunger crisis in our great nation, with hope to remove National Hunger Awareness Month from the calendar forever!” said Star Jones, NAPW President and National Spokesperson.
In NAPW’s Western Region, professional women gathered at Local Chapter meetings and at local food banks to do their part in the fight against hunger in this country. Simi Valley and Santa Clarita, CA Chapters joined forces with a ‘Thanksgiving in June’ event where members and guests came to the aid of a local homeless shelter that experienced a devastating fire. They collected food, pitched in to clean up the shelter and prepared care packages for those affected by the tragedy.
Santa Clarita Chapter President Nicky Dare and her team then took it one step further by taking up the global challenge “Live Below the Line.” Participating members spent only $1.50 on meals a day for five days, experiencing firsthand what 1.4 billion people around the world struggle with on a daily basis as they live below the poverty line. The Chapter also regularly takes part in ‘Food Pantry Mondays’ where they help out a local church pre-bagging food for nearly 300 homeless people in the area.
Attendees at Orange County, South Orange County and Pasadena, CA Local Chapter meetings heard from speakers who told them how they could help feed the hungry in their own neighborhoods. A team of professional women from San Jose, CA volunteered at a local food bank, while members and guests from Seattle, WA raised funds for a food pantry in their community.
Members and guests in NAPW’s Southern Region Local Chapters in Baton Rouge, LA and Coral Gables, Brandon and St. Petersburg, FL also took up the call to help those in need by donating to local food banks. At the Pembroke Pines, FL Local Chapter event, a clinical psychologist gave an enlightening presentation on hunger and its connection to homelessness. Members and guests also gathered for networking meetings in Augusta, GA; Aventura, FL and Gulf Coast, MS.
More than $300 in healthy snacks for underprivileged children was raised by professional women at the Orland Park, IL Local Chapter event in NAPW’s Northern Region. Meeting attendees also welcomed a representative from Origin Unite, whose mission is to help stop malnutrition around the world. Other Local Chapters in the Northern Region that gathered for networking and hosted expert speakers in June included Cedar Rapids, IA; Joplin, MO; Merrillville, IN and Naperville, IL.
Local Chapters in NAPW’s Eastern Region were busy all month doing their part to help end hunger in the US. In Binghamton, NY, members and guests held a ‘Cooking for a Cause’ event where they learned new cooking skills and collected nearly 80 pounds of canned food donations. The Forest Hills, NY Local Chapter volunteered at a local pantry; The King of Prussia, PA donated hundreds of pounds of food to Chosen 300 Ministries; Morris County, NJ collected 140 pounds of food and Midlothian, VA generously donated more than five bags of canned goods to a community food bank. Members and guests in Loudoun, VA; Jackson, NJ; Newport News, VA and South Charlotte, NC visited local food pantries and hosted guest speakers who showed them ways they could help put food on the table for those who need it most.
Also getting together at monthly networking events were members and guests from NAPW’s Eastern Region Local Chapters in Bowie, MD; Essex County, NJ; Greensboro, NC; Hartford County, CT; Manassas and New River Valley, VA; New York City; Scranton, PA; Waldorf, MD; Warwick, RI and Wilmington, NC.
In NAPW’s Central Region, the Omaha, NE Local Chapter raised enough money for their community food bank to feed nearly 400 people! Local Chapters in Central Houston, TX and Wichita, KS also gathered to network and support one another during the month of June.
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