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Backpack Buddy: These thank you notes from children in the program made our hearts smile

There's still time left to join us by helping the Houston Food Bank provide nutritious weekend meals for kids who depend on free school meals during the week.

HOUSTON — One in five southeast Texas children is considered food insecure, which means they don’t have consistent access to enough nutritious food. 

Food insecurity often means families have to make difficult decisions between paying for groceries and paying for other necessities. 

That's why we teamed up with the Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program to help fill that gap for chronically hungry children by providing nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekend. 

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Many of these children rely on free school meals to provide breakfast and lunch during the school year. But during breaks -- such as weekends and holidays -- many of these children go home to little or no nutritious food. 

You can help by donating to Backpack Buddy through Aug. 19. 

If you want to know how much your generosity means to the children who benefit, read these warm, genuine words of thanks straight from their hearts.

How You Can Donate

Now through Aug. 19, use the field below to make your donation or visit houstonfoodbank.org/khou.

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