Food Finders 7th Annual “Summer to End Hunger”

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Local nonprofit food rescue organization Food Finders launches its annual “Summer to End Hunger” Summer Food Drive, collecting food for families with children. The summer food drive runs through August 31st.

“Summer is a rough time for many local families. Their children are at a much higher risk of food insecurity when they aren’t receiving the federally funded school meals.” said Patti Larson, Executive Director of Food Finders. During the summer it has been reported that only 19% of those same children participate in a summer meal program, but programs like this Food Drive are helping increase that number so that fewer children go hungry once school is out.

Food Finders encourages everyone to get involved, including businesses, clubs, scout groups, or neighborhoods. Participants can receive a collection bin and signage in support of the food drive, and donated nonperishable food items will also be accepted at the office in Lakewood located at 3744 N. Industry Ave, #401. Volunteers can sign up to help during the summer to sort and box the donated food for delivery to Food Finders’ partner agencies in need, such as Boys and Girls clubs, youth centers, shelters and pantries that serve primarily families with children.

“Programs like this and others available through parks or other nonprofits have an extensive impact. They often help ensure parents aren’t forced to seek additional employment, which would require childcare, an expense they might not be able to afford in addition to more groceries,” said Larson, adding, “bottom line is, nobody should be without food, especially our kids.”

Anyone interested in supporting this drive to reduce summer hunger, please contact Diana Lara at (562) 283-1400 x101 or dlara@foodfinders.org for more information. A complete list of needed items can be found at www.foodfinders.org on the homepage under Upcoming Events/Summer to End Hunger Food Drive or can be faxed directly to interested parties.