Dallas Mayor Declares Hunger Action Month

City participating in food drive, Orange campaign

By Ben Russell
|  Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 12:22 PM CDT
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1 in 4 North Texas children does not know where their next meal will come from, according to a statistic cited Wednesday by representatives of the North Texas Food Bank.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

1 in 4 North Texas children does not know where their next meal will come from, according to a statistic cited Wednesday by representatives of the North Texas Food Bank.

One in four North Texas children does not know where their next meal will come from, according to a statistic cited Wednesday by representatives of the North Texas Food Bank.

"It is unacceptable that in this country, in the United States of America, and in Texas - where we have so much good happening - that there is such a critical issue of hunger," said Colleen Brinkmann of the food bank.  "It may appear that something like hunger is invisible because we really can't see it.  But it is there."

In light of this startling statistic, the city of Dallas is getting on board with the food bank's monthlong effort to raise food donations -- particularly sustainable and non-perishable items like peanut butter.

Wednesday morning, several Dallas city officials kicked off the city's participation by donning orange, the official color of Hunger Action Month.

"It's kind of fun.  But really it's [about] increasing awareness about taking action against hunger," said Dallas mayor pro tem Pauline Medrano, herself draped in orange as a sign of solidarity.

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