AUSTIN (KXAN) - Each year millions of children in America struggle with hunger -- and the problem is growing right here in Austin.
"It's heartbreaking to think of any child not having food," said Baty Elementary School principal Mary Patterson.
The Junior League of Austin is trying to change that -- one child at a time.
Every Friday for the entire year, kids at Baty and Hillcrest Elementary schools will take home a bag full of healthy treats.
As many as 250 volunteers will pack backpacks full of food for 1,500 students every week.
"Over 96-percent of the children receive food through the National School Lunch Program," said Junior League president Cathy Mchorse, "but we know that they go home and may be hungry on the weekends -- that's where we step in to fill the gap."
The program cost $250,000 a year to run.
Those who would like to help can find more information at the Junior League of Austin website.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.