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      SOCK program helps keep rural kids fed during the summer

      For a second year in a row, Mescalero Baptist Church in Randall County is helping bring snacks to children who otherwise would go without during the summer months.

      The programs is called SOCK, also known as, Serving Our Community Kids. It's designed to feed Lakeview Elementary kids who benefit from the Snack Pak 4 Kids during the school year. Monday through Friday, the church and volunteers pack lunches full of snacks, a drink and an entrÃe to be handed out every day.

      "They get a snack of some kind, cookies, crackers, something snacky. They always get popcorn everyday that way when their sandwiches, crackers wear off they have something to snack on that afternoon," said SOCK program director, Kristy Mercer.

      Those involved say it's important these kids are not forgotten during the summer.

      "What do they do during the summer? I don't know because out here there's nothing. If you don't have a vehicle, you can't get to town, if you can't afford gas to get to town and approached the church, and here we are," said Mercer.

      Mercer said the program is made possible through the generous donations from church members and businesses.