How texts could help hungry kids get free food

A simple text message might help feed hungry kids this summer.

No Kid Hungry's texting service connects kids with meals. The service texts kids where they can get nearby food for free.

During the school year, many of these kids can get free or reduced lunch. When kids are out of school in the summer, that gets harder.

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The most recent data from 2013 shows kids who are low income make up just over half of all students in public schools.

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Venezuelan children express hunger through drawings
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Venezuelan children express hunger through drawings
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016.The student wrote, "Ate nothing for breakfast; had bread, butter and water for lunch and had nothing for dinner. I like lasagna and cake." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Ate nothing for breakfast; had corn cake for lunch and had nothing for dinner." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Ate corn cake with egg for breakfast; had bread with chicken for lunch and bread and ham for dinner." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Ate bread with water, soup with water and corn cake." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Ate cooked plantain for breakfast; had soup with fried plantain and passion fruit juice for lunch and mango and a cookie for dinner." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The child drew corn cake with egg, and the teacher wrote that the child didn't have any breakfast. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Ate corn cake with cheese for breakfast; had spaghetti with egg for lunch and a cookie for dinner." The student said that pizza was their favourite dish. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY?
A drawing shows what a student ate during the day at a Catholic school in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "I had plantain and egg with butter for breakfast, for lunch I had soup or pasta with butter, for dinner on one day I had bread, on another plantain and meat, and one other day we had nothing." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The teacher drew an "X" for the meals that the student missed. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "For breakfast, lunch and dinner I had corn cake with cheese." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote: "Just spaghetti". Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Today and yesterday I ate bread for breakfast; yesterday I had sardine with yucca, butter and water for lunch and had nothing for dinner." The student said that lasagna and cake were their favourite food. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Today I ate nothing for breakfast and had pasta with Mortadella for lunch. I'm hungry." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. The student wrote, "Ate a corn cake and soda." Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing made during a lesson at a school shows what a student ate during the course of a day in Caracas, Venezuela July 14, 2016. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "CHILDREN HUNGER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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In 21 states that year, more kids qualified for free or reduced lunch than not.

And while a texting service can locate the nearest free meal, for some kids, transportation and other factors can make that location hard to reach.

But as of last year, the service saw 6 percent more texts compared to 2015.

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