st year, 63,686 children were fed through the program, which included 11.6 million breakfasts served and 13.1 million lunches.
"On the weekends, a lot of these children are not fed,” she said.
Paula Price, with DHS, said the issue of hungry children is hard to discuss, but it is more prevalent than many think.
"If we don't get a little appalled by something, we don't get called to action,” she said. "We have a mission that is possible.”
She told the crowd it only takes a $135 commitment to support a child on the backpack program, which sends children home with food to eat over the weekend. There are 200 schools enrolled in the backpack program across the state, but there are 35 on a waiting list because there are not enough volunteers or financial backers to support any growth.
"We work in ones. One person helped, one person fed,” Price said.