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Community Services Agency kicks off 'Los Altos Can' campaign

Community Services Agency launched a canned-food drive for the summer, a time of year when donations are historically low. The social media campaign, dubbed “Los Altos Can,” challenges residents to bring a can of healthy food to a local food pantry.

Through Aug. 2, residents are urged to bring donations to a food pantry – either CSA or another – and post a photograph or video of themselves doing so on social media, tagging the post with #CanChallenge, #LosAltosCan and #CSAcares.

CSA is especially in need of pop-top meals for those without kitchen access, high-protein items, low-sodium canned vegetables and fruits in their own juices.

Simone Berkowitz, organizer of “Los Altos Can,” said she is “excited” to launch the campaign for the second year.

“I spoke to many people last year who were not aware that CSA is here to serve the less fortunate members of our community, and that we need continuous influxes of food donations and financial resources to do so,” she said. “Once they became aware, so many of our neighbors – both businesses and individuals – were eager to help out. I hope we have an even bigger outpouring of support from our community this year.”

According to CSA Food and Nutrition Center Director Christine Flego, every day the agency hears from its clients how big an impact the food pantry has on their lives.

“No one in our community should go hungry,” she said. “The summer is typically a time when food donations go down – we hope this campaign helps to change that by giving us the opportunity to restock our shelves and help the people we serve.”

When schools are closed for summer, many of the children who normally benefit from the free or reduced-price lunch program eat fewer meals. Every summer, 17 out of 20 low-income students fall into the summer nutrition gap, according to CSA. CSA aims to provide for those children as well as filling the gaps for adults, seniors and homeless individuals in the community year-round.

“Our vision for this campaign is that it inspires people everywhere to help others by donating to their local food pantry,” said CSA Executive Director Tom Myers. “Imagine the impact on hunger if everyone in the country donated just one can of food.”

To donate to CSA, drop cans off at 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View or in the food barrel at Cranberry Scoop, 295 State St., Los Altos.

For more information on “Los Altos Can,” visit facebook.com/csacares.

For more information on CSA, visit csacares.org.

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