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Program ensures no Houston kids go Hungry this Summer

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

In Texas 18 percent of the population, including one in four children don't know where their next meal is coming from.

That means more than one point 8 million children are waking up or going to bed hungry in the Lone Star state.

That's where the free summer meals program comes in

"It's really important that these kids get something to eat. Alot of these kids will go hungry if we're not feeding them this summer," said John Puder with Texas Hunger Initiative. "These kids really depend on the reduced breakfast and lunches they get at school so without this program you're going to see a lot of kids going hungry."

Free summer meals will be provided to all children and teens ages 18 and younger.

No questions asked.

"We will not ask you for any proof of incomes, we will not ask you for any citizenship recommendations," Puder said. "all you have to do is come hungry, have a good meal and have a good time."

"It's healthy and we play her a lot and we have fun," said Kimberly Cabrera.

Unfortunately the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices reports that among low income families only 40 percent report being aware of where they can find the free lunch program and only 17 percent take advantage of it.

The program has more than 1000 sites in the Houston area.

All you have to do to find the nearest program location to your house is call 211.

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