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Hunger Action Month supports healthier eating with ham

September is Hunger Action Month, a time when the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank joins other Feeding America food banks across the country to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in our communities.

For most, a daily meal is just a choice of what to eat for dinner. However, for more than 300,000 people in central Pennsylvania, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It is often an impossible choice between food and other critical needs such as utilities, housing or medicine.

This month, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is asking the public, “How will you choose to end hunger?” There are three important ways someone can take action to end hunger in their communities:

Learn: Learn about hunger in your community by reading or watching stories of those facing food insecurity. Information on hunger is available at www.centralpafoodbank.org. The public is also invited to attend the Food Bank’s Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, September 16 from noon-1 p.m. During the event, the Food Bank will share information on how it is working with its local partners to end hunger at the local level.

Commit: Make a donation or pledge to volunteer at the Food Bank or one of its partner agencies. Create a Virtual Food Drive and share it with friends and family members.

Speak up: Call or write local lawmakers and ask them to support programs that help the charitable food network and address the root causes of hunger in our communities. Share stories of hunger on social media and raise awareness among your circle of influence.

The COVID-19 crisis revealed how vulnerable so many Pennsylvanians are to hunger. Many are just one missed paycheck or medical emergency away from financial hardship. While the signs of economic recovery are encouraging, food insecurity is still a stark reality for thousands of our neighbors. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is working with its network of more than 1,200 partner agencies and programs throughout 27 counties to bring food to individuals, families, children, seniors and veterans so they don’t have to make impossible choices and always have access to fresh, nutritious food.

Please join the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in making the impossible, possible, during Hunger Action Month. More information can be found at www.centralpafoodbank.org/HAM.

Perfect for a fall dinner night, Steak ham and baked cinnamon apples will hit the spot.

Steak Ham with Baked Cinnamon Apples

Recipe courtesy of The Food Hussy

4 Granny Smith apples

2/3 cup of water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

8 ounce boneless, fully cooked ham steak

Melt one tablespoon of butter in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat.

Place the ham steak in the pan and cook for 4 minutes. Then, flip the steak over and cook for three minutes more. Transfer to plate and cover with baked cinnamon apples.

For the cinnamon apples:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel and core apples. Cut each one into slices and arrange the slices in a small baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine water with cornstarch and melted butter and stir until the dry ingredients are dissolved.

Crumble brown sugar over the apples and sprinkle top with cinnamon.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Stir the apples after 20 minutes.

A ham can be easily glazed with a fan-favorite soda like root beer, according to this recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Root Beer Glazed Ham

1 fully cooked bone-in half ham (10 to 12 pounds)

1 12-ounce can of root beer

1 1/2 cup of plum jelly

1/2 cup spicy brown mustard

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern about 1/8 inch deep. Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan, tent it with foil and bake for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, heat the root beer, jelly, mustard and vinegar in a small saucepan until bubbly. Cook until reduced and a bit thicker, about 30 minutes. Be careful, the mixture can easily boil over.

After 2 hours of baking time, remove the foil from the ham and brush with the root beer glaze. Continue baking, uncovered and brushing with more glaze every 20 minutes until nice and glossy, about 1 more hour. Remove from the oven and let rest 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

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