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HACAP Kicks Off Event to Fight Hunger

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--An Eastern Iowa organization is working to raise money to fight hunger this summer.

HACAP officially kicks off the Eastern Iowa Freedom From Hunger Food Drive this Saturday with a cereal eating event.

Every week day folks at the Salvation Army dish out warm meals to those in need.

It's what brings Lauren Robertson and her five year old daughter out here every day.

"It's nice. She gets a place to like cool down a little bit for like an hour and she gets lunch, said Lauren.

On today's lunch menu, chicken purchased at a discount price from the HACAP food reservoir.

"We're able to get larger quantities of items at cheaper price so that we can provide cost efficient meals to these people, said Lia Pontarelli of the Salvation Army.

The ability to continue doing just that is what HACAP's cereal Saturday is all about.

"We are getting together at Newbo City Market, just having breakfast of cereal and milk, said Amanda Pieper, Director of HACAP Food Reservoir.

Amanda says the idea is to raise awareness about hunger in Linn County, to show that the problem is real.

"That luxury of people being able to eat cereal and have breakfast that a lot of people in the community aren't able to depend on, she said.

Especially with summer around the corner. She says with school out, children on the reduced lunch program won't get the meals they usually do.

"This is our big time of need. This is when we need your support the most. This is when your community needs you the most, she said, and it's a balancing act, because donations at HACAP mean cheaper food prices for the Salvation Army.

"A little goes a long way. It helps a lot of people out."

Cereal Saturday is this Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10.

Tickets are five dollars for adults and one dollar for children ages four to ten.

Below is a link to purchase your tickets.
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