NAVASOTA, GRIMES COUNTY Over 17 million children 18 and younger don't have consistent access to healthy food, that's according to the Department of Agriculture. Now, one school in Navasota is doing their part to help battle hunger.
At Navasota Intermediate, the cans are being collected and the food is piling up. Each day these students volunteer to collect the food donated by each class at the school. A growing reminder about hunger in their community.
"One of the things that we talk about with them is at school when we go to breakfast, to the cafeteria for lunch, the meal is there," said Kevin Bradford, a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Navasota Intermediate.
"For people who aren't in school, they may not have a meal ready for them each and every day," he continued.
Students in Navasota have been collecting food over the last couple of years. In fact, a lot of the schools in Grimes County take a collection each year for the food drive. In addition to learning an important lesson about hunger in their community, they're getting a chance to practice some of those math skills that they get everyday in their classrooms.
"Each home room class brings their items and we go around each morning and pick it up from each class. We keep a count, keep a graph of how many items each class has donated," said Bradford.
The lesson isn't lost on these students.
"Everybody always needs and wants help because you don't know what's going to happen to you so you might need food or money. Most likely food," said Lydia Mankin, a student volunteer helping to collect canned food.
"It's important to help collect food because [some people are] not as fortunate as us and they probably need more food than us. It's good giving to other people who need more," said Briaria Richardson, another student helping to collect food.