Updated: Jun 5
Summertime, for many, means vacations, and days of play in the sun. But for some children and families, it's a time of less access to food.
Thousands of children in Northeast Florida rely on free and reduced lunch programs. And Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida is expecting greater need for food from families this summer.
On June 1st, LSSNEFL President and CEO, Bill Brim, discussed the issue of summer hunger during WJCT's First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross.
"It's heartbreaking to think of a child or a family to go without food," Brim said during the live interview. LSSNEFL forecasts the need in the summer to increase by about 10% based off of previous years. The LSS Food Pantry is already seeing a 30% need increase in 2023 compared to this time in 2022.
In addition, Brim said Lutheran Social Services is responding to the need by kicking off the "Feed the Future" summer campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise at least $10,000 for the LSS Hunger Relief programs by June 30th. Help us reach our goal by making a donation at lssjax.org/feedthefuture.org.
Listen to the full episode here, and scroll to 35 minutes in the show for Bill's interview.