AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District and Hays Consolidated Independent School District were among several Texas school districts awarded grants from No Kid Hungry to provide free meals for kids and families during the holiday season.

No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit dedicated in solving childhood hunger and poverty, provided nearly $300,000 in grants that will expand programs like school breakfast, afterschool meals, weekend backpacks and school pantries.

Stacie Sanchez, Texas Director of No Kid Hungry, said the organization remains committed to working alongside school and community leaders to help kids regain a sense of normalcy and get the nutrition they need to thrive.

“As we head into the holiday season, millions of kids across Texas are facing hunger,” Sanchez said in a press release. “School and community meal programs remain a critical lifeline for kids and their families, and No Kid Hungry is proud to support these programs and the incredibly dedicated folks who make them possible.”

The following schools and organizations were awarded grants:

  • Austin Independent School District (Austin)
  • Aldine Independent School District (Houston)
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston (Houston)
  • FJV Foundation (Corsicana)
  • Goose Creek ISD (Baytown)
  • Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Buda)
  • K-Nation Group (Little Elm)
  • North East Independent School District (San Antonio)
  • Pasadena Independent School District (Pasadena)
  • Purple Hearts Inc. (Fort Worth)
  • Sheldon ISD (Houston)
  • Spring Independent School District (Houston)
  • The Josh Howard Foundation (Lewisville)