Amarillo kids fight summer hunger

Schools almost out for summer.

While some kids are excited to have a few months off from school, dozens of others dread it, because that means they won't get to eat.

Hundreds of children and families face hunger here in Amarillo. Fortunately, many of those children get a guaranteed meal at school, and a backpack full of snacks to last them and their siblings through the weekend.

But what happens when summer comes?

"We're gearing up for summer and time away and vacation and plans and chillin'. But these kids are dreading these 12 weeks, I mean, I've talk to adults who were these kids and they use to dread the summer and they dreaded the weekends because it was their place to eat," said Dyron Howell, Snack Pak 4 Kids Founder.

The City of Amarillo's Parks and Recreation Department provides free lunch at their parks during the week, and jammin' gym locations. Now, thanks to a partnership with Snack Pak 4 Kids, snacks will be provided at Hamlet, Sanborn, South Lawn, and Will Rogers.

"We're going to try some summer pilots at three different schools where the kids are at the gym have an evening bag three days a week. Then we're going to try a pilot at Mesa Verde Park where the kids on a Friday will get a bag of food like they do now," said Howell.

Add to that, The High Plains Food Banks Kids Cafe Program, using their community garden full of fresh fruits and veggies to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Maverick Boys and Girls Club. They'll also be looking out for other areas of need.

"We're expecting to be serving over 20,000 meals during June, July and August. Hopefully we can increase that by anybody that's needing help from us," said Leigh Fuller, Kids Cafe Program Director.

Working together in the Panhandle Spirit to help those in the fight against hunger this summer.

Snack Pak 4 Kids and The High Plains Food Bank run entirely on donations.

Snack Pak 4 Kids will be packing hundreds of bags for those summer programs June 5th, which is a Tuesday night. They're looking for volunteers to help do that.

You can find out how you can help either monetary or volunteer at the websites below: