St. Petersburg, Florida -- More than a million children in Florida live in what's considered food insecure homes. They don't know how they'll get their next meal.
Hunger can put a big strain on a child's education, and missing meals over the weekend can put them behind when the school week begins on Monday.
Thanks to an effort from the St. Petersburg Junior Women's Club and Feeding America, 150 students from New Heights Elementary go home on Fridays with a bag full of food--enough for two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners.
The effort started small.
"We were hoping to do 10 backpacks a week for the school," said Shannon Bailey of the Junior Women's Club.
The club approached the hunger relief charity Feeding America.
"They let us know about a wonderful opportunity thanks to a $50,000 grant from Walmart that they could provide food for, what we ended up doing, 150 families!" said Bailey.
"Knowing they can possibly come into school ready to learn on Monday is a big key," said New Heights Elementary principal Robert Ovalle. "We don't have any time to lose instructing kids so we need to make sure we make every minute count."
There's usually enough food in the bags for the entire family.
"150 families know that they're going to have something to eat over the weekend," said Shannon Bailey. "That's just amazing! It blows my mind that we're able to make such an impact."