'Fill the Need' campaign feeds kids out for the summer

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

The start of summer brings together two key charities, Second Harvest and Goodwill to "fill the need" for families who don't have enough to eat.

As June winds down, the need for food fires up at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers packed up donated food destined for central Florida families.

Work never stops, but in the summer, with schools out, kids who get free or reduced cost meals at school suddenly have to make do without, making the "Fill the Need" campaign so important.

The need is staggering. In central Florida, nearly 200,000 kids are at high risk of going hungry. If they were to line up along Interstate 4, they would extend from downtown Orlando to Daytona.

"I've gotta believe in a line that long there are doctors and artists, people of value," Greg Higgerson.

But they can't reach their potential if they struggle, especially early in life, to get proper nutrition.

The "Fill the Need" campaign runs through the weekend, all aimed at making sure kids at risk get every opportunity and every meal.

Nonperishable food and gently used clothes can be dropped off at any central Florida Goodwill location through Sunday.