September is Hunger Action Month, and department store giant Macy's is partnering with Feeding America and food banks across the country to fight hunger here at home. Macy's will launch its "Come Together" awareness and fundraising campaign, which aims to feed 10 million people suffering from hunger, from 6-8 p.m. today, September 15, at more than 650 Macy's stores. All Colorado locations will participate in the World's Largest Dinner Party, offering customers appetizers as well as information on how to get involved .
Macy's will invite the public to host special "Come Together" dinners in their homes, asking guests to pledge a donation to Feeding America and local food banks instead of bringing the host a gift of wine or a dish.
Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR), 10700 East 45th Avenue, is a member of the Feeding America network, and the one of five Colorado recipients of the Come Together efforts. "On average, Colorado relief partner agencies have experienced a 30 percent increase for the need for food this year," Gwen Vogelzang, FBR manager of public relations, says. But the need for food is not just a homeless issue; only 12 percent of those served through FBR's partner agencies are homeless.
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Donations can be made on the Macy's website, and Macy's customers can also shop for the cause and get special savings on October 17, when Macy's hosts a national Shop For A Cause day. Dinner party themes, recipe ideas and product suggestions contributed by Macy's Culinary Council, which includes Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence and Martha Stewart, are available on the Macy's Come Together website.