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Nonprofit in Orange County wants to feed hungry kids this summer

May 22, 2019

A nonprofit organization in Orange County aims to make sure no child goes hungry when school is out for the summer.

As the school year wraps up, many families are left wondering how they’ll afford food for their kids during the summer. Statistics reveal a large portion of students in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are in need of more food.

“There are 1 in 3 kids in our schools that are at risk for hunger,” said Suzanne Tormollen from Table, a nonprofit that delivers food to homes, community centers and summer camps for free.

Many kids get free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches during the school year, but some of those kids can’t count on meals outside of school. During the summer months, that means 10 weeks of uncertainty.

That’s where Table comes in.

“Our bags have four to five meals in each of them,” Tormollen said. “They are comprised of 30 percent of fresh food, which can be fruits like blueberries or strawberries and also green vegetables.”

Last summer, Table passed out 4,800 bags. Organizers say students are grateful for the deliveries.

“We’ve had volunteers deliver door-to-door, and they hear the children inside running to the door saying, ‘Our food is here! We get to eat this weekend!’ They’re just really excited that the food is for them,” Tormollen said.

Learn more about Table here.

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