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MONDAY ESSENTIALS: Fight Against Hunger Doesn't Break for Holidays

Christmas is near. New Year's is around the corner. This time of year, struggling families need food donations more than ever. Now is the time to donate.

Each year, thousands of families suffer through hunger in Los Angeles County.

The challenges are particularly difficult during the holiday season, when family celebrations begin to center around the dinner table.

Patch reminds readers that the week before Christmas is an ideal time to donate to benefit needy local families. Consider a donation of food of funds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The organization distributes more than 18 million pounds of food annually through hundreds of community partners.

According to the food bank’s website, the organization helps feed more than 200,000 individuals each month in partnership with more than 340 member charities.

Those served include the working poor, children, seniors on fixed incomes, single parents, the disabled, the homeless and individuals experiencing medical emergencies or recent job layoffs, according to the website.

Click here to learn more ways to help.

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