Volunteers double-stuff food bags so students won't go hungry ov - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Volunteers double-stuff food bags so students won't go hungry over Spring Break

Food2Kids Spring Break bag (Source: KCBD) Food2Kids Spring Break bag (Source: KCBD)

Students and teachers have been counting down the days until spring break, but students who live in low income homes may be tallying the numbers of meals they'll have to miss when they don't have access to free meals at their schools. About 70% of Children in LISD elementary schools are on free or reduced lunches.

For the days when school isn't in session the Junior League of Lubbock volunteers count out more than just the weekend pack of snacks.  Normally the Food2Kids program provides needy students with meals for the weekend, but they will double the efforts during this spring break.

Cathy Eldredge, an LISD school nurse, says, "They call it double -stuff. So they get double the amount that they would normally get so then the kids are really excited. But also they learn to ration themselves. I don't know what that's like...it breaks my heart that they have to do that but if they didn't have this resource then there would be lots of problems."

School liaisons at 23 LISD elementary campuses make sure the students get what they need. Eldredge says its emotional to know what these families go through. 

"The parents are so grateful, I've had them come and give me hugs. And it is such a relief to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and may not have assistance from the state. There are lots of hugs and lots of gratefulness going on!" says Eldredge.

Thousands of volunteer hours are invested each year to run this program every weekend during school. 

The South Plains Food bank tells KCBD their organization delivered spring break food for 100 Cavazos Junior High students and 50 Estacado High School students as well. The money for those meals was funded through a grant from Walmart.

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