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Hunger can be scary — Food Bank is here to help

Festive, healthy snacks can be achievable even on a budget. Here are two options the kiddos will love to help make — and then devour!

Ghost kabobs

1 cup strawberries

1 cup green grapes

1 cup melon, cut into large chunks

1 cup marshmallows

1/4 cup chocolate chips

6 skewers

Alternate the strawberries, grapes, melon and marshmallows on the skewers.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir well until smooth.

Using a toothpick or piping bag, make spooky faces on the skewered marshmallows. Allow the chocolate to set and enjoy.

Peanut butter cracker spiders

1 sleeve round crackers (whole grain is best)

1/2 cup peanut butter

100 pretzel sticks (approximately)

1 small bag raisins or chocolate chips

Lay the crackers out on a tray or clean surface.

Spread all of the crackers with peanut butter.

On half of the crackers, place eight pretzel sticks, one end stuck in the peanut butter. This makes the spiders’ legs. Place another cracker on top to create a sandwich.

Using a toothpick, place two drops of peanut butter on the top of each spider, then stick raisins or chocolate chips on for the spiders’ eyes.

Since March 1, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, headquartered in Harrisburg with a location in Williamsport, has distributed 44 million pounds of food throughout its 27 county service area.

This is an increase of 50% and equates to more than 11 million additional, healthy meals to those struggling with food insecurity, many for the first time.

Every county in central Pennsylvania has record levels of unemployment and poverty. Historically, as unemployment rises, the meal gap rises.

While we remain hopeful for a swift end to this pandemic, we know that food insecurity will remain a significant issue in our community for a long time. Community support is what gets the job done — volunteering, donating and raising awareness all contribute to addressing food insecurity across Pennsylvania.

For more information on how to join in the fight to end hunger, please visit www.centralpafoodbank.org or follow us Facebook @ CentralPAFoodBank.

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