TREASURE COAST – Indian River Magazine and will be launching an Instagram campaign to encourage participation in Hunger Action Month (Sept.).

Eat, Drink & Give will take place on Sept. 1 and throughout the month. Treasure Coast restaurants will provide a special menu item and dedicate proceeds to Treasure Coast Food Bank. They are still accepting applications (download one here), so be sure to share this with your favorite local eateries.

Participating restaurants include Riverside Café, Bistro Fourchette, Orange Bloom, Fruits & Roots, Sailor’s Return, Stuart Coffee Co. and Palm City Grill. See for details on which menu items are included and which days of the month they’ll be contributing proceeds.

Be sure to follow the Indian River Magazine Instagram account to see pictures of the menu items. We’ll be posting them in the days leading up to the event(s) and sharing them on Facebook.

In addition to Eat, Drink & Give, Treasure Coast Food Bank is planning numerous events to enable everyone to join the fight against hunger.

“Everyone knows someone who got left out of the economic recovery,” Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz said. “Hunger is not going away, and we use Hunger Action Month each September to encourage everyone to advocate, donate, and volunteer to help us fight hunger.”

September will be packed with events to bring awareness to the issue. Lights will glow orange, and fountains will spout orange water as part of the Go Orange campaign to bring awareness to the issue of hunger. Presenting sponsors for this year’s Hunger Action Month are Geico, Keiser University and Martin Health System.

One of the biggest events of the month is Pack the House, a 24-hour festival of food sorting and packing on Sept. 9-10 at Treasure Coast Food Bank. The goal this year is to pack 250,000 pounds of food. The event gives people the opportunity to serve those less fortunate in the spirit of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Last year, hundreds of volunteers worked in shifts around the clock, packing more than 200,000 pounds of food. Businesses can support the effort by becoming an event sponsor.

There also will be breakfast roundtable discussions in Vero Beach and Stuart that focus on poverty and hunger in each of those communities. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Lifting Up Vulnerable Populations in Indian River County” takes place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the United Way of Indian River County, and “Aging Without Dignity: Addressing Senior Poverty in Martin County” takes place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 13 in Stuart at the Kane Center. It is offered in partnership with the Kane Center and the Council on Aging of Martin County.

Other ways to get involved: “Go Orange” by lighting your home or office orange for the month; attend one of the free breakfast roundtable discussions; attend foodie movie night Sept. 19 at Coffee Bar Blue Door in downtown Stuart at 8 p.m. Sept. 19. It features “Big Night” starring Stanley Tucci; Be an anti-hunger activist on social media. Download a Hunger Action Month calendar and share on social media how you’re joining the fight against hunger using hashtags #HungerActionMonth and #FeedTC.

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