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FEATURE

HUNGER
DOESN'T
TAKE
A SUMMER
VACATION
Mapping a plan to provide free
food to kids all summer long

F

BY MARC RITTLE
United Way of the Lehigh Valley

or kids, summer should be a stress-free time filled
with fun, laughter and adventure. But many children
and teenagers spend the better part of June, July and
August wondering where they'll find their next meal.

"In the Greater Lehigh Valley, only three to five percent of
the kids who receive free- or reduced-cost lunch or breakfast
during the school year access a summer meal program. Our
long-term goal is to increase that number to 40 percent,"
remarked Susan Dalandan, coordinator of the Lehigh Valley
Food Policy Council. "Parents face choices between paying
the electric bill, purchasing medicine and buying food. If we
can help families by feeding kids in the summer, we can really
take off some of the pressure."

In Lehigh and Northampton Counties, there are more than
100 places that kids can go for free summer meals. Some sites
require pre-registration.
"No child or teenager should ever go hungry. That's why we're
working with approximately 100 partners through the Lehigh
Valley Food Policy Council to ensure free meals are available

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