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If the stalemate on Capitol Hill cuts off federal food assistance programs, area food banks could bare the brunt of feeding hungry families in the D.C. region beginning in November.
Food pantry stores dwindle during the summertime even though the need doesn't go away. And the new Wegmans in Germantown is stepping in to help a local food bank keep the food flowing to hungry families.
Everyday a meal truck visits six apartment complexes in Suitland, Md., to help feed low-income children. Without access to free or reduced school meals, feeding children during the summer can cause struggling families' grocery bills spike.
The experience of eating just $5 worth of food a day left its mark on Montgomery County officials who said they were left hungry and humbled by what thousands of families in their own community suffer regularly.
Feeding a family on $5 a day is not a challenge for thousands of families, it's a necessity. Even in affluent Montgomery County, thousands struggle to live on the federally funded supplemental nutrition assistance program, or SNAP, known to most people as food stamps.
Deer hunters in Virginia are donating less venison to a program that delivers the meat to the needy than they did in 2011.
Founded in 2007, Freerice lets users donate grains of rice simply by answering educational questions correctly in a game. The site earns money from advertisement banners displayed while users play, and in turn uses the funds to purchase rice.