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Centro La Familia offering free meals for children during Summer

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A Fresno nonprofit is helping families by providing free meals for children every Friday throughout the summer.

Centro La Familia says the goal is to make sure residents know about the program and where they can access the food before students return to school.

“They don’t have to come with a parent, they don’t have to sign any kind of paperwork. We’re just here to provide free meals for them to sit down and eat a healthy meal,” said Centro La Familia program director Diana. Vargas.

Families can come to Centro La Familia in southwest Fresno to enjoy a lunch and escape the heat for a while.

The local nonprofit has partnered with the Economic Opportunity Commission to provide the food at no cost to anyone 18 and older.

Meals are offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday and follow federal guidelines to ensure they are nutritious and healthy.

Although any child is eligible, recipients must remain on site while eating.

“We’re here to provide these free meals, healthy free meals, and this is the perfect place for them to come and grab them. Especially with everything that’s going on right now, a lot of our low-income families are especially affected right now Vargas said.

The folks at the California Central Food Bank say rising prices of everyday items amid soaring inflation are impacting local households during this critical time.

“It kind of feels like we’re right back at the beginning of the pandemic with the number of people we’re seeing in our food lines,” Central California Food Bank co-director Natalie Caples.

Central California’s largest provider of emergency hunger relief saw a drop in the number of residents it served at the beginning of the year, but the need became greater as the cost of living began to rise.

“March, April, when gas prices started going up and now food supply chain challenges and inflation with food costs going up, we’re there. We’re still serving 350,000 neighbors every month.”

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