MERIDIAN -- About 100 people turned out Thursday night to "Knock Down Hunger" as part of Meridian Food Bank's first-ever bowling fundraiser.

Organizers say the event, held at Big Al's, raised about $4,500 through ticket sales, a raffle and an auction.

The money will go toward the Meridian Food Bank's backpack program, which provides a backpack fill of food for school kids who may not otherwise have enough to eat on the weekends.

Meridian Food Bank Executive Director Dan Clark said people might be surprised how many people in their own community are struggling to get enough to eat.

"It's just amazing how many children there are, and the folks that live in this area just don't know," he said. "We kind of call them the invisible kids because people just don't know that they exist."

Clark says the Meridian Food Bank provided 600 children with backpacks full of weekend food every week last school year.