Thousands of kids from low-income families in Pettis County qualify for free school lunches. The problem is when school is out on long weekends or holiday breaks, many of these kids go hungry. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is helping to break that alarming trend with the Buddy Pack. A Buddy Pack is three to five pounds of food that is kid friendly and nutritious. Buddy packs will be given to children in need of food on Fridays before a break from school, like long weekends or holiday breaks.