Harlingen Boys & Girls Club feeds 750 kids daily
"Childhood hunger is a problem in our country whether we like to hear that or not"it TMs a fact," said Harlingen Boys and Girls Club Director Gerald Gathright.
During the summer months, parents and children depend heavily on the Harlingen Boys and Girls Club to provide a healthy nutritious meal for them each day.
"A lot of children are out of school and so if they are not able to get a meal at home, where are they going to get one?" He told Action 4 News.
In Harlingen alone, the Boys and Girls Club provides an average of 750 meals a day mainly during the summer months. Keeping these bellies full costs more than $125,000.
Melissa De La Garza says the program is a blessing, "It saves me time from having to, on my lunch time probably, try to get something ready or worry about her and what she's going to eat."
De La Garza works five days a week and says it can be difficult to make sure her six year old daughter eats healthy.
"They need to get their nutrition and their energy and just so they could be healthy. You know, not like you say-fast food," said Gathright.
Director Gerald Gathright said this program encourages kids to eat a balanced diet because each meal has to meet state standards, and helping children in need makes his job worthwhile.
"Every kid in here will tell you he's not hungry and he doesn't need a meal or whatever. We all know better...[We] watch them over there carefully eating and making sure that they get their food so I know it TMs necessary and so because of that our organization is glad to do it," said Gathright.