Child Hunger in Amarillo

One in four children in Texas and New Mexico lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg looks into what's being done in Amarillo, to make sure kids are getting fed.

Twice as many kids packed this line in October, compared to January of this year. That's because more children are going hungry at home, and turning to programs like the Kids Cafe to eat a good meal.

"Our numbers are expected to swell to over 100,000 meals by the end of the year, so it's definitely made an impact on what we do and hunger we've seen throughout the city," says Zach Wilson, with the High Plains Food Bank.

So to handle the rising numbers, another cafe is being set up at Humphrey Highland Elementary in east Amarillo. It will start serving January 3rd, because the need there is great.

"During the winter months because of the holidays and of the cost of utilities you see people utilize the program a whole lot more," says Leigh Fuller, coordinator of Kids Cafe.

"Families that have jobs and are working hard are still not getting by and that's the majority of our Kids Cafes," says Wilson.

Fuller says it doesn't look like the program will be down-sizing anytime soon. More and more schools hope to take advantage of the program in coming years.

"The parents are nothing but greatful because this helps their food stamp dollar go much further, or their cash in their pocket so they're not worrying about where they're going to come up with their next meal," says Fuller.