ARCHER CITY, Tx (RNN Texoma) - One nonprofit in Archer City is making sure no kid is left hungry this summer.
Hungry Hearts Children's Food Ministry of Archer City was found by an Archer City ISD teacher last year, and Sunday afternoon many community members gathered at ACISD school cafeteria to support it.
"It's shocking to know how many of our students don't have a meal at night and therefore if they don't have a hot meal at night its no secret that they are going to struggle with three meals during the day in the summer," Hungry Hearts Children's Food Ministry Director and Founder, Amanda Williams said.
Williams has been a teacher for 17 years and said being a teacher for a small district has helped her build strong relationships with each of her students and through simple conversations with them she noticed some students were going hungry.
"It leaves you wondering what do those children and families do in the summer time when there is more need for groceries and food," William said.
For that reason, she created the nonprofit and through donations, last summer the group was able to serve 48 children each week.
To continue helping families, the nonprofit hosted a benefit luncheon at the ACISD cafeteria to raise money.
"It's a great feeling that kids are going to be helped all summer long with food and necessities," Archer City Junior High, High School Principal, Josh Castles said.
The cafeteria was filled with Archer City ISD faculty and staff members, students and community members like Landon Rowe who say they were there to show their support.
"The thought of a kid not getting to eat lunch or dinner is not something that's easy on the mind so we just want to make sure that everybody here in Archer City is taken care of," Rowe said.
"In today's world food is a major cost for all of our families and it's hard especially if its a household that is a single parent," Williams said. "Many of the homes that we helped last year are working families and they just need a little extra help."
The nonprofit raised close to $4,000 Sunday afternoon.
To apply for the program you're asked to contact Amanda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact Williams at that email if you wish to volunteer or make a donation.