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BELLBROOK, Ohio (WKEF) — While the summer often means less time in school and more time with friends and family, for more than 22-million kids in the United States, summer means wondering where their next meal is coming from.

According to Feeding America, the summer season is the hungriest time for many Americans. Dayton 24/7 Now’s Gwyneth Falloon sat down with the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Community Support Center (BSCSC), which offers a choice food pantry to those in Greene County. They told Falloon they currently serve more than 200 people and are expecting that need to increase as summer continues.

“Poverty doesn’t take a break in the summertime and neither does food insecurity,” said Bellbrook Food Pantry Executive Director Katie Ly.

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This article was originally published in the Dayton Daily News which can be found here. The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Community Support Center provides everything from food, hygiene products, diapers, household items, clothes and other social services. A “birthday wishes” program created by executive director Kelsey Hurlburt allows clients in need to sign up their child to receive a gift purchased by a community member and a cupcake from a local bakery.

The number receiving services from the center has increased from just a few families before the pandemic to more than 50 per week, most from the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek area. While much of the massive increase can be attributed to increased visibility of the center, part of it is due to lingering effects of COVID.