Summer is the busy season for food banks. When kids go on summer vacation, they don't have access to free or reduced meal programs.

KING 5 and Northwest Harvest have teamed up to make sure those kids don't go hungry.The Home Team Summer Hunger Challenge kicked off Friday morning.

There are more than 400,000 kids across the state on the school lunch program, said Kim Nelson of Northwest Harvest.

Now they're not going to have free lunch, and those families not only need to pay for day care but they need to come up with food for all those kids, and that's where we're going to fill the gap and we need the community to come out and help us do that, she said.

David Easton made a big cash donation.

My wife is a school principal at Custer Elementary, Clover Park School District, she's retiring, and she worries about her kids in the summertime, so we donated a thousand dollars, he said.

Nelson said kid friendly foods like peanut butter andfruit cups, along with things that are easy for kids to prepare, are needed.

Donations arebeing accepted atEverett Mall, the Northgate Mall, Redmond Town Center and the Tacoma Mallthrough 6 p.m.

If you can't make it in person, just text a $10 donation. Text the word HOMETEAM to 85944.

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