14.5 percent of U.S. households - 49 million Americans - struggle to put food on the table. Of that 49 million, 15.9 million are children.

To a lot of us, hunger in our country is just a series of statistics, discomforting statistics certainly, but also impersonal and meaningless in their presentation. However, for many others in our community, and maybe even you or someone you know, hunger is more than a number, it’s their life.

Taking a personal stand against hunger in Broome County is the Family Enrichment Network in Johnson City, operating a Summer Food Services Program from June 30th through August 27th. The Food and Nutrition Services, USDA Summer Food Services Program assists families in obtaining free nutritious meals and snacks when school is out. Community children ages 19 years and younger are invited to participate in this morning snack and lunch program 8:00am-8:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm Mondays through Fridays at 24 Cherry Street, Johnson City in the Cafeteria.

For more information you can contact the Family Enrichment Network at (607)-723-8313.

Like any problem, hunger isn’t one we can solve by ignoring or separating ourselves from the issue. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, The Hawk and the Family Enrichment Network encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to help relieve hunger in our community and increase awareness.