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Feeding Hungry Students Over Winter Break

Winter break begins for many schools Friday and for some kids in Texoma, that time away from school could mean they will go without food. 

Schools across Texoma provide Power Paks to children each week who may not get enough food at home and with the holiday break approaching, each child will get double the food to help them get through winter vacation.

"The need is for the Power Pak to go just a little bit further, a few more meals just to kind of get them by through that long period of time," says J'Bill Merrick, Alamo Elementary's Assistant Principal.

Merrick says the need for food for the kids at his school is great. 79 kids receive extra food each week through the Power Pak program.

"We have 90% of students on free or reduced lunch," he says. 

And for some of the kids, the food they get at school may be the only food they get at all.  Merrick says the need for food is apparent.  Every morning kids show up to campus early to line up for free breakfast.

"At 7:30 we probably have 150 of our 400 something students walking through that door immediately," Merrick says.  "For a lot of our kids those might be two of the biggest meals they are going to eat through the day."

Because of that Power Paks are distributed each week.

"With the Power Paks system and the donations from the food bank, we are able to provide through the weekend," he explains. 

The bags are filled with non-perishable items like crackers, fruit cups and canned goods all in an effort to make sure the kids are fed during the weekend.  This week each child will receive two paks in order to insure they have food while away from school during winter break.

"They are super happy and excited and appreciative that they are getting them," says Merrick. 

The food is donated from the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.  The food bank says about 15,000 Power Paks are distributed to children every week in Texoma.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.

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