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Food Finders’ summer food drive for out-of-school kids underway

July 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Community

For the third year in a row, Food Finders is hosting its “Summer To End Hunger” food drive. This drive aims to fill in the hunger gaps where school breakfast and lunch programs end.
“Summer is a rough time for many of the families with children who receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches through the national school-meal programs,” said Diana Lara, vice president of operations for Food Finders. “When school lets out, these children are at a higher risk for hunger, and family food budgets are stretched even further.”
The food drive kicked off in May, with local businesses joining the campaign to feed children in need. As food arrives and gets sorted, complete boxes are being distributed to Food Finders’ partner agencies and shelters, providing families with up to a month’s worth of food. So far, the drive has helped families and children at agencies such as Centro Shalom, New Generations and Clear Foundation.
“Food Finders is providing these families with boxes that contain a variety of nutritious food items that can be prepared as well-rounded meals along with healthy snacks,” said Patti Larson, executive director of Food Finders.
Annually, the nonprofit receives much of its donated food from local grocers and restaurants, along with produce marts and farmer’s markets, with last year’s intake including 5 million pounds of fruits and vegetables.
The “Summer To End Hunger” food drive runs through the end of August.
Those interested in donating, whether through a local collection site or directly, are asked to contact Lara at (562) 283-1400 ext. 101 or dlara@foodfinders.org for more information. A complete list of needed items can be found at foodfinders.org on the homepage under “Summer To End Hunger” food drive.

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