Hunger Heroes and the United Way of Greater New Bedford have helped put nutritious, fresh food on the tables of many local residents in need. They've worked together to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. Due to the added effects of coronavirus, so many more local families face hunger every day. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine your child's classmate is suffering from a shortage of basic food at home.

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Thursday evening, a group of us from WBSM and Fun 107 joined volunteers from Bank 5 and other groups to help Hunger Heroes and the United Way distribute bags filled with fresh, locally grown produce.

Some households around here don't qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks for support. Thank goodness there are programs like this for them.

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I know it's mind-blowing, but in our country that wastes and throws away billions of pounds of food each year, it's shocking and unbelievable that anyone in America goes hungry. This terrific program gets nourishing food from local farms, wholesalers and retailers and gives it to people who need it to thrive.

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Together, we can end hunger on the SouthCoast, but it's going to require an active partnership, a twosome between yourself and the United Way. Believe me, it doesn't take a big commitment to make a big impact in getting food in the hands of those who need it most.

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Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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