The summer months typically see a dip in donations according to some local non-profits.
The Second Harvest Food Bank says people typically donate during the holidays.
Other food pantries say donations are critical year round.
“In the summer, people aren’t thinking about donating food.There’s also a misconception that we don’t have hungry people in the summer, and it’s tied to the winter but its’ not,” said Beverly Howard with Loaves and Fishes.
Just this week, Loaves and Fishes opened its 20th location off Central Avenue.
They say the need is growing year after year and last year, they provided 1 week worth of free groceries to more than 100,000 people.
“Between 2008 and 2012, we saw a 51% increase in the need. Since then, things have leveled off,” said Beverly Howard.
She says half of their clients are kids under 18, and with school out, kids may go hungry.
“The month of July has no public school. That means thousands of kids who get breakfast and lunch during the school year, can’t access it. So, the family bill goes up the day school lets out,” said Howard.
Sharon Howard, who is a social worker, spent the afternoon shopping for one of her clients.
“A lot of people are ashamed they don’t have food,” said Sharon Howard.
“This family is one of 3. The mom had a new born baby. She needs pampers, food. She doesn’t have a car and has a newborn so I volunteer to get the food for her,” said Howard.
You can’t just walk in to Loaves and Fishes – someone has to refer you. That can be anyone from doctors, pastors, social workers, church leaders or even other agencies.