N.J. food banks struggle during the summer

South Jersey food banks struggle during the summer months, when families with children who otherwise would recieve free or reduced-price lunch for school find themselves needing to provide three meals a day instead of two. 

Food banks suffer during these months, as provisions that were donated in the winter – peak time for food donations – get low. 

Pam Pernot, spokeswoman for the Food Bank of South Jersey, says, “The summer comes with a lull in donations. We get our weekly donations from businesses, as well as food supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that can sometimes decrease in the summer as well.”

 

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.