September is Hunger Action Month. Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino, a regional food bank that serves Redlands and other communities throughout the Inland Empire, is joining the nationwide to combat hunger in all 50 states.

Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children, are food insecure, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In the Inland Empire, more than 400,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in five kids who may only be getting meals from the free and reduced lunch program provided by their schools during the school week.

Feeding America delivers to the Family Service Association, according to executive director Kyra Stewart. The Hunger Action Month campaign will focus on the strong connections between hunger and health.

“Food-insecurity is a huge epidemic in the Inland Empire, and we are dedicated to ensuring that those in our community have access to enough healthy food to reach their full potential, especially children, struggling to succeed and learn in school on an empty stomach,” said Lori Butler, the food bank’s philanthropy director. “We need those in our community to stand up and show support during Hunger Action Month by getting involved and working to make a meaningful impact.”

Hunger Action Day, the second Thursday in September, is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact.