SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

46.5 million people nationwide rely on food pantries and meal programs every year, and Thursday, Second Harvest Food Bank celebrated Hunger Action Day.

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign encouraging the public to take action on the hunger issue in America. Orange is the signature color for Hunger Action Day, and volunteers like Perry Cox wore the color proudly Thursday.

"It lets us know that we're united for a common cause today and that's hunger action," adds Cox.

It also serves as a reminder of the more than 45,000 people who receive food assistance each month. Community Relations Director Kathy Smith says she relies on volunteers like Perry.

"We depend on community support to help fill this need and that's what we're advocating for today," adds Smith.

More than 20 vehicles left Bristol Motor Speedway early Thursday morning for the annual Food Hunger Convoy -- a drive showing the size of the work of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

"I know that there's hungry people out there," adds Perry.

And to end the hunger, it takes everyone in the community's support to volunteer, donate food or contribute money to those who truly need it.
     
For more information on how to support hunger relief efforts in our region, you can visit www.netfoodbank.org.