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How to help Hartford families experiencing food insecurity

As the summer months approach, Hartford faces a significant challenge: a dramatic increase in food insecurity. This seasonal spike in need puts immense pressure on local food pantries like Freshplace, which play a critical role in supporting our community. Understanding why food insecurity rises during the summer and the importance of supporting food pantries can help us 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 for the summer, these meals are no longer available, leaving families struggling to fill the gap. Additionally, the summer heat often results in higher utility bills, which can further strain already tight household budgets, making it even more difficult for families to afford food.

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