Hotline to connect kids in need with summer meals programs

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WASHINGTON (NEWSPLEX) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a National Hunger Hotline to help connect kids in need with summer meals.

The nonprofit Hunger Free America is ramping up its efforts to spread the word about the hotline because of the summer heat.

Callers can find out about summer meal sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs that may be nearby.

According to a release, nearly 85 percent of eligible kids in Virginia do not get summer meals, so the goal is to raise awareness about this program.

The release also says children need as much, if not more, nutrition during the summer months.

For English, call (866) 348-6479, and for Spanish, call (877) 842-6273.

Hunger Free America has also launched a website to connect volunteers and organizations. Click on the link in the Related Links box to reach that site.

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