Wear Orange: Food Bank of Northern Indiana promotes Hunger Action Day

The Morris fountain in downtown South Bend is orange for hunger awareness// Caroline Torie WSBT 22

Right now, 13-percent of your friends, neighbors, and family members don't have regular access to healthy food.

Thursday, during Hunger Action Day, you're encouraged to wear orange to start a dialogue about the very real problem in our community.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is asking for donations and help from volunteers.

Donations and volunteers are what make this operation possible. Moving boxes full of food and stocking shelves are just two of the many ways you can make a big difference.

For Rudolph Miller, better known as Rudy, his job is folding and stapling 130,000 plastic grocery bags. This, ahead of the Food Bank's Stamp Out Hunger event in May.

Miller has been volunteering at the Food Bank for the last year and a half. What started out as one Saturday turned into many weekdays.

"I enjoy coming in here. It gets me out of the house for a couple hours, and it's kind of peaceful in here,” he said.

Miller is a retiree and lives on a limited income. Now, he's getting a little something in return from the place he's offered so much.

He goes through the pantry every month and gets senior boxes.

"Yeah I’ve been enjoying it ever since that helps defray the cost of having to buy things at the grocery store you know. It works out pretty good,” Miller said.

Volunteers like Miller are why this place helps feed the hungry. 30 volunteers are needed at the food bank every day.

Each one knows they are playing a vital part. To volunteer, visit their website

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