NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Many western Massachusetts families struggle with hunger all year long.
The Northampton Survival Center needs your help, this summer especially, because of the 10 week summer break from school.
Their kids' summer food program provides food for kids who get assistance with breakfast and lunch during the school year, but not when they are on summer break. They put together bags of kid-friendly food and work with schools to coordinate who gets those bags.
The program's executive director told 22News food donations are always welcome, but they can feed a lot more kids with cash donations.
"For us, because of our relationship with the Food Bank of Western Mass., we're actually able to turn every dollar into about 5 and half pounds of food, which is a much better savings than what somebody can get when they go to the grocery store," said Heidi Nortonsmith.
The pantry distributes 15,000 pounds a food per week during the summer.
And the kid's program feeds about 650 kids during their summer vacation. To find out how you can donate click here .