The extreme heat has had an affect on food donations for the needy in the region.
Typically a slow time of the year for non-perishable collections, officials at Bloomfield-based Foodshare says they depend on local fresh produce to offset that drop.
The problem, according to Foodshare President and CEO Gloria McAdam, is that the produce has taken the brunt of the heavy rain and hot temperatures this summer.
She says the hope is that donations will pick up once the summer vacation season is over.
McAdam also says in just the last few years, the number of residents needing assistance has grown considerably.
Those who want to make a summer donation can drop it off at foodshare or at their local food pantry.
McAdam says they also accept monetary donations through the web site, foodshare.org.