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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

This Summer, Beating Hunger Takes Priority Over Beating the Heat in WI

July 14, 2008

Madison, WI - On summer break, children who normally eat lunch and breakfast at school have to eat these meals at home--but their plates may be empty. Hunger is a year-round problem in Wisconsin and across the country, especially during the summer. So demands on local food pantries are up, but high prices and tough economic times mean donations to pantries are down. This situation is forcing many Wisconsin families to get creative in the kitchen.

Gina Styer with America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin says this year there's more need, but less food to go around.

"The fact that food donations are down right now means that they're having to come to the food bank more often to see what's available and really try to be creative with what the food bank is offering."

Styer says Second Harvest is working with grocery stores by freezing fresh foods just before their expiration date in order to extend their shelf life. The frozen food is then made available at Second Harvest food pantries. In Wisconsin, people can call 211 to be connected to a local pantry.

Ashley White with the Children's Defense Fund says Wisconsin is not alone when it comes to hungry families. She strongly believes dealing with kids' hunger should be a top national priority.

"It's just shameful that in this richest nation, 12.6 million children in this past year are living in households struggling against hunger."

Rob Ferrett/Steve Powers, Public News Service - WI