Published: May 26, 2010 3:31 AM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2010 11:28 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money, and hundred of thousands of dollars are going to serve up free meals to hungry children in Collier County.

This summer any child 18 or younger can sign up for free breakfast and lunch.

"It's hard out here you know, there's a lot of things you can't afford you know," Theresa, the mother of a migrant family in Immokalee says.

Another parent explains what it's like to put food on the table if you have more than one child.

"It's difficult, very difficult to have three honest meals a day when you have more."

Both women are considering taking part in the Kid's Cafeteria Summer Food Service Program.

Jim Thomas with the county says this is the program's 30th year of serving breakfast and lunch to kids in Collier who may not get the nutrition otherwise.

"A little boy walked in, he looked like a stick man," Thomas recalls of a child last year. "We started working with him, feeding him breakfast and lunch and now he's getting a little belly, he's getting muscles."

There are over 40 locations where meals will be handed out. Everything from pancakes and juice, to chicken sandwiches and pudding.

Locations are based on where the most need is in the county. Last year the program served up nearly 300,000 meals.

Meals begin on June 17th and run to the middle of August. Kids do not have to be enrolled in school, but must be 18 or under.

If you want more information on how to sign up or volunteer you can go to the school district's website at or call Jim Thomas at (239) 580-9112.