AMARILLO, TX - The City of Amarillo's mission to feed hungry children grows.
According to Amarillo Independent School District officials, more than 20 thousand Amarillo children receive free or reduced lunches during the school year. However, during the summer months many children are going hungry.
Amarillo city officials tell NewsChannel 10, the city's efforts of the summer lunch program feed about 3 thousand children during summer school and they were alerted to yet another hunger issue.
"A number of kids were arriving at school hungry, the teachers said, can we do something else...can we do something besides summer lunch?" said Susan Barros with the City of Amarillo.
The city will now provide morning and afternoon snacks to those children attending summer school. The hope is they will be able to focus on school work instead of their stomachs.
City officials also say, a number of Amarillo children are under served in the summer, but they don't have to be. On average, city parks provide between 20 and 60 lunches during a summer day, but they can provide even more if kids just show up and say they want to eat.