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Free meals for children are still available

Published: Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:32

Annalisa Russell-Smith | Staff     The End Hunger Connecticut (EHC) No Kid Hungry Campaign team at New Britain High School a few years ago promote hunger awareness.
Annalisa Russell-Smith | Staff The End Hunger Connecticut (EHC) No Kid Hungry Campaign team at New Britain High School a few years ago promote hunger awareness.

Special to the Herald

Nonprofit group Hunger Free America is now ramping up its efforts to publicize free summer meals to children in need.

Given that people burn more calories over the summer to keep cool, record temperatures this summer will further increase the need for free summer meals for low-income children funded by the federal government.

According to Hunger Free America, 76.6 percent of eligible kids in Connecticut fail to get summer meals.

This is why the nonprofit group is promoting the USDA National Hunger Hotline more than ever.

The number is 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish).

Through this number callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs near them.

Hunger Free America also just launched, www.hungervolunteer.org. a state-of-the art volunteer matching portal to make it easier to mobilize the unique talents and skills of each individual volunteer in order to take the biggest bite out of hunger.

“Now everyone can get – or give – help. If you’re hungry or at risk of hunger, it can be a daunting task to obtain food and benefits.” Hunger Free America’s CEO Joel Berg said. “The hunger hotline can immediately help connect families with food providers in their area.”

For more information, or to make a donation, you can visit www.hungerfreeamerica.org.