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How to help families in Hartford who suffer from food insecurity
How to help families in Hartford who suffer from food insecurity

With the summer months approaching, Hartford is facing a major challenge: a dramatic increase in food insecurity. This seasonal increase in need puts tremendous pressure on local food banks like Freshplace, who play a critical role in feeding our community. By understanding why food insecurity increases in the summer and the importance of supporting food banks, we can take meaningful action to address this pressing issue.

During the school year, many children from low-income families rely on free or reduced-price school meals as their primary source of nutrition. When schools close in the summer, these meals are no longer available, and families must fill the gap. In addition, the summer heat often leads to higher utility costs, which can further strain already tight household budgets, making it even more difficult for families to afford food.