The United Food Bank says summer is the hardest time of the year for many families they serve.
School's out, and kids who were receiving free or reduced meals through their school haven't had that resource since school got out. They usually see a drop during the summertime, but this year it has been particularly low.
The good thing is helping is easy, and you can even get the kids involved.
You can help by donating cash or food. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar they spend goes to support United Food Bank programs. The best food items to donate are those high in protein. These can include dry or canned beans, canned meats and vegetables along with peanut butter.
Whole wheat pasta and low sugar cereals are great too.
The United Food Bank also has a kids helping kids program called their Kid's Club. It teaches children about the importance of giving and the importance of nutrition.
The fee is $5 dollars or donating a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly. Then they receive updates about different activities and a quarterly newsletter.
The organization is also having an event on September 29, 2012 at their Gourmets for Good Event. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix/Mesa Marriott, 200 N Centennial Way in Mesa. The cost is $50 per ticket or $400 for a table of 10.
For tickets or more information on any of the above opportunities, call 480-926-4897 or go to to the website.
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