“Social Media Round-Up” is an ‘ICYMI’ compilation of the top hunger-related news articles and other interesting tidbits posted on our social media profiles.

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“The tragedy is too few of the children who receive school breakfasts or lunches get free meals in the summer…The Food Research & Action Center notes more than 20 million children received free or reduced-price school lunch during the 2014-2015 school year, but only 3.2 million of them — one in six — received meals during summer 2015.”

“…organizations that act as a backup plan to the social safety net, like food banks and food pantries, are looking ahead to the financial shifts that might be needed in order to bridge the gap between what the federal government provides and what people need.”

“I’ve never used SNAP for more than about 18 months at a time. I use it when I need it, when the situation is such that I can’t pay my bills and buy groceries at the same time. When I’m underemployed, when my expenses rise, when an emergency repair or doctor’s visit cuts into my income.”

“They were ready to hit submit in completing the application, and then they decided they just didn’t want to put their ability to stay here in jeopardy. And so they decided not to apply for CalFresh after all, which was kind of heartbreaking,” said Anna Dyer, Second Harvest’s director of client services. “It’s really tough to qualify for [CalFresh], because it’s only the lowest income folks, so it means that they’re really, really struggling.”

The Double Up Food Bucks program in Santa Clara County doubles the value of federal nutrition benefits so that families and individuals participating in CalFresh can bring home even more fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more!

Hunger is a problem as big as America. Here are eight things you need to know about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the nation’s most successful hunger-fighting program. It helps over 40 million people have enough food to eat, responds to the economy, and has long-term benefits for its participants.

“The percentage of children who qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year and also take advantage of summer meal programs was already small, and it got even smaller last year, says the report by the Food Research and Action Center.”

“The coast, whose heritage is defined by farming rather than tech, has become more expensive by proximity, but the area shares little in Silicon Valley’s wealth.”

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