According to Copperas Cove ISD officials, nearly 70 percent of students are enrolled in the free and reduced price meal plan at their schools.
On Saturday, one first grader did what he could to help his friends in need.
Reigning Jr. Mister Five Hills Jackson Gibbs hosted the 2nd Annual Lil' Dawg and Lil' Lady Dawg Homecoming Dance at the Copperas Cove Civic Center.
Proceeds raised from the dance will go toward a backpack program at his school, Williams Ledger Elementary, to provide meals for his fellow students.
"To help kids that don't have food... because some of my friends are hungry, and I want to feed them," said Gibbs.
He calls it Blessings in a Backpack and from the homecoming dance, he raised just under $2,000 for the program.
Students in the program will receive a bag containing a dinner for Friday night, three meals for Saturday and three meals for Sunday at the end of each week.
Any families who want to receive food through the program are encouraged to pick up a permission slip from Williams Ledger Elementary and return it to their child's teacher.