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More than 300,000 Kids in Our Area Face Hunger this Summer

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More than 300,000 Kids in Our Area Face Hunger this Summer

Philadelphia, PA – June 17, 2016 – Hundreds of thousands of kids in the Delaware Valley who receive school meals may go hungry this summer, according to a newly-released study from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). FRAC estimates that only one in six children who need summer meals will actually receive them.

Of the 300,000 children in Philabundance’s nine-county service area who receive free and reduced meals at school, more than 275,000 live in the five Pennsylvania counties Philabundance serves (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia) and more than 60,000 live in the New Jersey counties it serves (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem).

To help fill this meal gap, Philabundance is offering the following summer food assistance:

– The KidsBites LunchBox program, sponsored by Giant Our Family Foundation, will provide free and nutritious meals for kids under the age of 18. It is available weekly at eight locations in PA and NJ through August 26, 2016. Learn more about the new summer program here: https://www.philabundance.org/learn/about-us/programs/kidsbites-lunchbox-program/.

– Fresh For All (FFA) is like a traveling farmer’s market returning to the same eight locations at the same day and time every week. This free and fresh produce distribution will continue throughout the summer for registered families and individuals. Registration is quick and easy and no one is turned away. View the locations and dates at: https://www.philabundance.org/learn/about-us/programs/fresh-for-all/.

– The KidsBites initiative at Lowell Elementary School in Olney will continue throughout the summer from 10:30-11:30 AM on the first and third Thursdays of the month in July and August for Lowell students and their families.

– The Fill a Glass with Hope program will provide 2,500 quarts of fresh milk to families at select Pennsylvania agencies. Learn more: https://www.philabundance.org/milk/.

“Philabundance serves more than 90,000 people each week, a third of whom are children,” said Executive Director, Glenn Bergman. “As the largest hunger relief organization in the area, we need the community’s support to help feed our neighbors in need, as one in four people in our area is food insecure.”

Families who need help finding summer meals can visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.

For more information, please visit www.philabundance.org or contact Amanda White, PR Coordinator at Philabundance, at 215-339-0900 x1501 or awhite@philabundance.org.

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About FRAC
The report, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, is a ‘summer nutrition status report’ that provides data for all states and looks at national and state trends. This annual report is released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition. The report is available online at http://frac.org/pdf/2016_summer_nutrition_report.pdf.

About Philabundance
Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. It serves approximately 90,000 people per week, a third of whom are children and 15% of whom are seniors. In 2015, Philabundance distributed approximately 30 million pounds of food through its own neighborhood distribution programs and through a network of more than 350 member agencies in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information about Philabundance, visit philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.

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