Filling a bag and feeding a child is now harder than ever before. City Church's Amarillo based program that provides bag lunches to needy area children is facing some tough times.
This year, City Church expects to feed more than two-thousand area kids every day... That's up from last year... And the cost to provide those lunches is up too.
It costs about $1.50 to put a lunch in the hands of each child... That adds up to about $15,000 a week. Donations are down this year due to the struggling economy, but coordinators say they're doing all they can to make it work, because these kids depend on the lunches.
City Church Executive Director Don E. Lane says, "They eat a piece of toast maybe if they're lucky. Somebody might bring in a taco and they all have to share it. They'll cut a hamburger six ways."
Lane says it's sometimes hard to believe just how hungry these children are. "You pull away from a house where you just delivered lunches and you look in your rear view mirror and see a little boy running as hard as he can to pound on the back door of the van and tell you please you missed us, you realize how hungry the kids are."
City Church began delivering lunches on Monday, and will continue to do so until school starts again this fall. Every child will receive a hot item like chicken nuggets or a soft taco as well as fresh fruit, popcorn, a juice box and cookies for dessert.