LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It may be summer break, but a few local schools are staying open to provide kids with free meals.
It's part of the Texas Hunger Initiative, which provides hot meals to kids who rely on school lunches throughout the year.
The classroom doors at Overton Elementary may be closed for the summer, but the cafeteria is still open.
"It kind of helps us out," Sarra Curry, Lubbock mother of 10, says. "With having so many kids, we can't always afford things."
She says she is thankful for programs like the Texas Hunger Initiative.
"I think everybody in the Lubbock area has hard times - we all go through them and I think having something like this, is really good for the kids," she says.
Madeline Mcclure with the Texas Hunger Initiative says three out of four kids here in town are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.
"Here in the Lubbock area, approximately 75% of students are eligible for free or reduced price meals," she says." So, they count on the school meals during the school year, but when summer hits, some of them are left with this gap. So, the summer food service program steps in to fill that gap."
So, the organization strives to bridge the gap, so kids do not go hungry during the summer.
There are more than 30 locations, city-wide that any kid 18 or younger can walk in to and grab their food.
Today, Overton Elementary had many activities, so the kiddos will keep coming back.
"Thank you, because there are a lot of other parents out here that can't do for their kids and you know, provide for them," Curry says. "So, this is awesome what they're doing."
The initiative will continue through August 4th.
To find the closest location for your kids to get food and for each locations' hours of operation, you can call 211 or text "FoodTX" to 877-877.