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Summer Hunger

The most popular time of year for food drives is, without a doubt, the holiday season. People can’t bear the thought of families going without a turkey on Thanksgiving or canned goods on Christmas. But, according to local hunger fighters, the time of year when food insecure families most need help is during summer vacation. It makes sense: according to the National School Lunch program, around 30 million American children receive 30 to 50 percent of their calories at school, where—even if it’s of arguable nutritional value—there is at least a steady supply of provided food. In a quest to help feed children for whom the food supply decreases when school’s out, members of SEIU Local 521 collected 1.5 tons of food in three weeks for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Combined with other cash donations, this will provide more than 7,000 meals to children.

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