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TEXOMA -- Thousands of children in both Oklahoma and Texas don't know where their next meal is going to come from.

"Its very difficult for parents during the summer time to always provide a meal for their students or their child, so its easier for them to come on and have a meal with us and save those extra dollars for something else," explains Michelle Smith, Food Services Director for Sherman ISD.

Sherman ISD offers free breakfast and lunch at a number of locations across the district for children to come and get something to eat, Sherman High School, Sory Elementary, Piner Middle, and Crutchfield Elementary Schools.

"A lot of people don't know it exists, we want to get the word out there that it does," says Smith.

Children's Express also helps supply food for kids during the summer. They pack bags for children in need weekly. Each bag supplies them with lunch for a week.

"So we just thought about what food would be nutritious for the kids and we've gone shopping and we've gotten donations and we have had food drives and we are having ongoing food drives to feed the children," says Anne Webb, an organizing member of the Children's Express.

The need for summer meal programs is growing every year.

"We see more and more families and more and more children in here trying basically to make their basic needs met, trying to get something to eat and make it through the day," says Tish Burkhalter from Families Feeding Families in Durant, OK.

In Oklahoma, Families Feeding Families helps those in need with nutritious meals, 40% of those they serve are children.

"Now if we are here and we have a kiddo or a family come in asking for a sand which, they are going to get a sand which, we are not going to say no .... we just can't," says Burkhalter.

"I think I'm right in saying there are over six thousand that are on free or reduced lunches (in Sherman), which is an undaunting number," says Webb.

If you want to know how you can help the Children's Express food drive, they are collecting food donations at Grand Central Station in Sherman. The address is 110 Throckmorton St, east of downtown Sherman.

They are collecting individual items for the food bags like canned soups, rice, beans, pasta, mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, bread, packaged fruit cups, etc.