ABILENE, TX. — A newly formed hunger coalition, through the Texas hunger initiative, addressed the need of meals for students.

Over 54,000 meals have been served to students this summer, by the Abilene Independent School District for their summer meals program.

However, this program ends a few weeks before school begins, leaving students with no meals.

The Highland Church of Christ stepped up and initiated a pilot feeding program.

Becky toured a facility in San Angelo that has been working for years offering meals to those who need it the most.

"Time wise, it was difficult for other congregations and churches to help out, but Highland decided that this was something that we could do,” says Highland food pantry coordinator, Becky Almanza.

For three weeks until August 17, one can go to any of the three Highland locations for a free meal from noon until 1 pm.

The sites include Freedom, Grace and Highland Fellowship.

"I have over 60 volunteers, cooking and serving every day,” says Becky.

Highland hopes to expand and include other nonprofits and agencies for years to come.

For any questions, one can contact Highland Church of Christ in Abilene.