Amarillo, Texas - Some students who receive free and reduced meals, are no longer going hungry when they're not at school.
The Snack Pak 4 Kids program may be in it's growing stages, but it's already making a big difference. Over 60% of children in Amarillo schools are on free and reduced lunch and about 15% of those kids face hunger regularly.
The program gives these kids backpacks stuffed with food for each weekend. Today, we visited Will Rogers Elementary to see the supplies get delivered. Program organizer, Dyron Howell says, "It will provide about 70% of the calories that they will need over the weekend, and many of these children will have maybe one or two meals the entire weekend. So, the whole purpose of this is, whenever they come back on Monday they're ready to learn in school and we know that on an empty stomach you can't learn anything."
Right now, almost 50 students at Will Rogers are getting these snack packs and their siblings who aren't in school get food, as well. The children are chosen based on recommendations by teachers and social workers.
The program is expanding, but there are still 300 kids and counting on a waiting list just in the Palo Duro cluster. To feed each child, it costs about $3.50 every weekend.