Nearly half of all students in the La Crosse school district qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. To help raise awareness for the issue of child hunger, a group of local partners is releasing a children's book on the issue.

The book "I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry Too" tells the story of three children dealing with hunger in different ways.

It was written by local author Nick Nichols, and thanks to groups like the Women's Fund, the Rotary Works Foundation and the Hunger Task Force more than 2000 students will take home a copy of the book.

Nichols says he hopes the book explains the issue in a way kids can easily understand.

"The beauty of this book is that I actually got a chance to write something for a cause which was really cool, and this is the first time I've written anything like that," said Nichols. "As a writer, you always want to create some type of emotional connection with your audience and I think that does that very well."

Every student in the 2nd through 5th grades will get a copy of the book to take home. Every library in the school district will also carry a copy.