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Additional Food Distribution Sites Posted for This Weekend!

In addition to the already great services we have in Waco, additional food distribution sites are available this weekend and next to help end hunger in McLennan County. Please share this information and get the word out to our citizens!

Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry http://www.shepherdsheartpantry.org Located at 34th and Bosque in Waco. Walk-in pantry open THIS SATURDAY, 1/11, from 10am-12pm.

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Site THIS SATURDAY, 1/11, at the old Paul Quinn Campus (1020 Elm, Waco) from 10am-12pm

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Site TUESDAY, 1/14, at Crest Dr. and Airline Dr. (Industrial Technology Center Parking Lot) on the TSTC Campus. 11am-1pm.

Thank you for all of the volunteers who put these sites together and work so hard to end hunger in Central Texas!

Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

 

News Release:

To download the CROP Hunger Walk flyer, click here. 2013 CROP flyer2 – Copy

The Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk: Ending hunger one step at a time

Contact: Katie Cook

254/755-7745

seedseditor@clearwire.net

www.cropwalkwaco.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk to be held Sunday, Oct. 13.

 

            1. Caritas to receive local funding

 

            2. Church World Service works nearby and around the world

 

            3. Join the local CROP Hunger Walk

 

            4. You can help even if you can’t join the walkers

 

Want to make a difference for hungry people?  Come to the Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk on Oct. 13.  Last October, more than 100 walkers and a plethora of dogs enjoyed the 5-K walk on a beautiful Sunday afternoon along the Brazos River, while raising almost $4500. This year, the steering committee hopes to raise $5,000 with 200 walkers, to bring an end to hunger in the Waco community and around the world. A portion of the funds from the walk will go to Caritas of Waco.

 

This year’s walk will take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, at Bledsoe Miller Park (300 Martin Luther King Blvd.) Registration will begin at 2:00 and the walk will begin at 3:00.

CROP Hunger Walks are held in more than 2,000 cities in the United States, all during the year, involving hundreds of faith communities. With the theme “Ending hunger one step at a time,” walkers proclaim their solidarity with the millions of people around the world who have to walk long distances to find food and water—as well as with the millions of people served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites in our own country.

A portion of the funds from every CROP Hunger Walk goes to a local agency that serves hungry people. The local recipient for this year’s walk is Caritas of Waco.

1. Caritas to be local recipient of funds

Caritas of Waco, founded in 1967 by the Austin Diocese of the Catholic Church, has grown into a community-wide agency with interfaith support. Now located at the corner of 15th & Mary downtown, the organization includes an emergency assistance program for utilities, rent and medicine; two thrift stores; a gifts-in-kind program that distributes returned goods to helping agencies; and one of the largest food pantries in Central Texas.

 In the past few years, Caritas staff and volunteers have seen a drastic increase in the number of people needing help. In that time, an average of 2,000 families has been coming to Caritas for food assistance, and the staff has helped more than 100 new families each month. “We see about 100 families a day, mainly for help with food supplements,” said Buddy Edwards, the Caritas executive director. “Our client numbers have remained high since 2008 when the economic recession began.”

As they have done for more than 40 years, the Caritas folks continue, in the face of incredible need, to endeavor to give assistance where it is needed.

(For more information about Caritas, call 254-753-4593 or go to www.caritas-waco.org.)

2. Church World Service works nearby and around the world

In addition to helping local ministries, Church World Service (CWS) helps U.S. communities that are ravaged by floods, wildfires and tornadoes. 

CWS collaborates in the same way globally, with local and indigenous agencies of all faiths, to respond quickly to communities suffering from natural disasters. CWS also works with partners in developing countries to bring an end to hunger in those areas. The “CROP” in the name of the walk stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.”

In addition, CWS works with refugees and internally displaced persons all over the world—places like Jordan and Iraq, where Syrians have fled from the violence of civil war.

3. Join the local CROP Hunger Walk

Participants in the CROP hunger walk recruit friends and members of their congregations to sponsor them as they walk. Registration and preliminary activities begin at 2:00 pm and participants will start walking at 3:00. The 5K route goes from Bledsoe-Miller Park (300 Martin Luther King Blvd), up the Brazos River Walk to the Herring Avenue bridge and across, down through the Pecan Bottoms of Cameron Park along University Parks Drive to the Washington Street bridge, and back to Bledsoe-Miller Park.

For those who don’t think they can walk for five kilometers (3.2 miles), there is a “Golden Mile” route. Fun prizes will be awarded to various walkers—including for Best Costume (for people or dogs).

 

4. You can help even if you can’t join the walkers

If you can’t participate in the walk, please consider sponsoring someone in your congregation. If you don’t have any sponsors, you can register on walk day and enclose whatever amount of money you can afford.

Another option for participation is the online “Walk on the Web” for registration and fundraising. It is easy and user-friendly. All you have to do to get started is go to www.cropwalkonline.org, click on “Texas” and then on “Waco” to get started.

For more information about the Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk, contact Katie Cook at Seeds of Hope 254/755-7745 or email seedseditor@clearwire.net.

 

FPTF of McLennan County Reaches Its Goal!

Partner with the Plan: FPTF has Accomplished its Goal

Posted on August 13, 2013 at http://foodplanningtaskforce.org/2013/08/13/partner-with-the-plan-fptf-has-accomplished-its-goal/

The Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County was a coalition of organizations, churches, and community members who, over the past three years, met together to for the purpose of creating a strategic plan for ending hunger in McLennan County. Our task force’s work groups have each collected data, come up with best practices, and have created particular strategies to address hunger issues in our community. The compilation of the data from each work group has resulted in our final product – the strategic plan. Our hope is that this strategic plan will serve as a resource for the City of Waco, non-profit organizations, churches, foundations and anti-hunger advocates. Several of these strategies are already being implemented locally but could always use more support and creativity! The Texas Hunger Initiative–Waco Regional Office as well as the McLennan County Hunger Coalition are currently working towards connecting people to these projects and would love you partnership! If you want to stay connected to anti-hunger initiatives and/or are interested in volunteer opportunities, the THI Regional Office would be happy to get you plugged in to your area of interest (email us at THIwaco@gmail.com).

As our task group comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and hard work. It has been quite the journey but we are ecstatic about how this strategic plan will serve our city. We are excited to see which of these strategies the community sees as most pressing, and we wait eagerly for the city rally together around these issues.

*Please take time to look over the strategic plan and the respective work group strategies and pass it on to anyone who would be interested in this type of work! is the plan is located under the resources tab on this website, as well as on ActLocallyWaco.org and the McLennan County Hunger Coalition website.

Again, if you are interested in teaming up with any of our partners, please click here for a list of partners with links to their pages or email THIwaco@gmail.com and we will connect you!

End Hunger 2015

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UPDATED!!! NEW Pantry List Now Available

 

Here is the most up-to-date list of pantries and feeding sites in Waco, Texas. They are listed by day of the week for your convenience. Sites that provide federal benefit assistance as well as rental and utility assistance or available at the bottom of the list. If your site is not listed, please contact us at foodoutreach@grandecom.net. Thank you!

Waco Food Pantries Distribution List

  Waco Food Pantries Distribution List

Monday                                         Location                                                            Time

Care Center -754-8923        3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)                  Pick up application

Caritas -753-4593                 300 S. 15th Street                                            8:00 am-4:00 pm

Church of the Open Door-799-2656     900 N. Loop 340                       10:00am-12:00pm

Operation Assist – 297-7801   400 So.4th Street                                       9:00am- 11:00am

Crestview Church of Christ-776-0711   7129 New Delhi Rd. (off Sanger)  Every 3 months- 8:30am-11:00am

Columbus Avenue Church-752-1655   1300 Columbus Ave.                  Call every 2nd Monday@ 8am

St. Francis Church-752-3254                301 Jefferson Ave.                       9:00am-11:00am

Salvation Army-756-7271                      4721 W. Waco Dr.                        8:30am-1:00pm

Brazos Meadows Baptist Church -666-7314     625 So. Hewitt Dr.       7:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday

Care Center -754-8923           3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)              Pick up application

Caritas -753-4593                    300 So.15th St.                                            8:00 am-4:00 pm

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry-754-4248   3300 North 22nd St.            10:00 am-12:00 pm (1st   40)

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Pantry (MART)  123 East Texas Ave.    1st Tuesday of each month 10-12 pm

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Pantry (WACO)       TSTC Campus    3rd Tuesday of each month 11-1 pm

Hands of Mercy-752-2293     3301 Clay Ave.                                                   3rd Tuesday of each month 2-5 pm

Operation Assist – 297-7801   400 So.4th St.                                             9:00 am- 11:00 am

Salvation Army-76-7271        4721 W. Waco Dr.                                        8:30 am-1:00 pm

Wednesday

Caritas -753-4593                     300 So.15th St.                                             8:00 am-4:00 pm

St. Francis Church-752-3254   301 Jefferson Ave                                     9:00 am-11:00 am

Church of the Open Door-799-2656  900 No. Loop 340                        10:00 am-12:00 pm

Care Center -754-8923            3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)             Pick up application

Bellmead  Calvary  Baptist-799-0229  910 East Loop 340                     4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

     *Service only residents in these zip codes:  76704, 76705, 76640, 76624, & 76684. Call for additional information.

First Baptist Church (GHOLSON) 829-2321  228 Wildcat Circle, Gholson Rd.  Wed. Night 6:30-7:30 pm (appt.only)

*Services provided for these areas only: West, Ross, Chalk Bluff, Aquilla

Victorious Life Church-662-5552     7459 S. Hwy I-35 Robinson          5:30- 6:30 pm

Salvation Army-756-7271                   4721 Waco Dr.                                 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Northside  Church of Christ               2500 Parrish                                    3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Thursday

Care Center -754-8923                3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)          Pick up application

Caritas -753-4593                         300 So.15th St.                                        8:00 am-4:00 pm

Crestview Church of Christ-776-0711  7129 New Delhi Rd. (off Sanger)  every 3 months 8:30 am-11am

Operation Assist – 297-7801      400 So.4th St.                                          9:00 am- 11:00 am

Lake Shore Baptist-772-2910     5801 Bishop Dr.                                     Every 2 wks. 8:30 am-11:30 am

Shepherd’s Heart-722-9217       1401 No.34th St.                                       3:00-6:00 pm

  • Shepherd Heart will continue to open every Thursday and the 2Nd Saturday of each month to serve the community. You will be allowed to come twice a month to receive food. You have the option to pick any Thursday or the 2nd Saturday.

Antioch Community Church-754-0386    505 North 20th St.                  4:00-6:00 pm

Salvation Army-756-7271           4721 W. Waco Dr.                                     8:30am-1:00pm

Just As I Am-235-4009               610 Rotan                                                   1st&4th Thurs of each month 9 am -12 pm

Living Word COGIC-799-3796  1005 Dunbar Street                                  2nd & 4th Thurs 2 pm-4 pm

Friday

Caritas -753-4593                         300 So.15th St.                                            8:00 am-4:00 pm

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry-754-4248   3300 North 22nd St.                10:00 am-12:00 pm (1st   40)

Salvation Army-756-7271            4721 W. Waco Drive                                 8:30-1:00 pm

Carver Park Baptist Church-799-2766  1020 E. Herring Ave.                  1st & 3rd Friday-10 am-12:00 pm

2nd Missionary Baptist Church-799-6300   2001 Dallas Street                2nd & 4th Friday-10 am- 12:00

Saturday

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Pantry (WACO) 1020 Elm St. (Paul Quinn Campus)  2nd Saturday of each month 10-12pm

Sunday

Victorious Life Church-662-5552   7459 S. Hwy I-35 Robinson            12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 

 Waco Feeding Sites Distribution List

Antioch Community Church-754-0386   505 North 20th St.          Friday’s 6:30pm

First Lutheran Church 752-4583              1008 Jefferson Ave.       Wednesday’s 5:30pm & Friday mornings 6:30am

Gospel Café- 753-5916                                825 South 10th St.           Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 11:30-1:30pm

Meyer Center                                                1226 Washington Ave.   Monday – Thursday & Saturday 6:30am

Salvation Army Community Kitchen       500 South 4th Street      Monday-Sunday Lunch 11:30am Dinner 5:30pm

Salvation Army Mobile Canteen               Every Tuesday @noon at Independent Center –Austin Avenue and

12:30 pm at the Brazos River (Downtown Waco Farmers Market Location)

Grace Temple Baptist Church                   3825 Bosque Blvd.          Wednesday evenings Dinner 5:30pm

Acts Christian Fellowship Church            13th  and Mary St.             Sunday evenings Dinner 5:00pm

 

Federal Benefits Assistance Sites

Texas Health & Human Services -211      612 Austin Avenue           Monday- Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach Program-753-3545   300 South 15th Street Monday- Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

Noah’s Heart – 235-0355                          1401 No.34th Street           Each Thursday evening 3:00pm-6:00pm

Noah’s Heart – 235-0355                         1401 No.34th Street            Each 2ND Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm

St. Luke’s AME Church – 752-502         117 East Church St.            Call for appointment for Resource Center

Veteran’s One Stop Center-297-7171     2220 Austin Avenue           Tuesday’s only 8:30am-12:30pm

 

*You can also apply for federal benefits on-line at the Helpings Snap Outreach Program, and at our Texas Health & Human Service office, or at the www.yourtexasbenefits.com website.

 Utilities/Rent/ Assistance Sites

Salvation Army-756-7271                   4271 West Waco Dr.      Monday-Thursday 8:30am-1:00pm (UTILITIES/RENT)

Caritas of Waco- 753-4593                 300 South 15th St          Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm   (Must call first) 

EOAC -756-0954                                  512 Franklin Ave.         Monday- Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm (Must call &fill out Application prior to appointment). 

Legal Assistance Sites

 Lone Star Legal Aid- 756-7944      900 Austin Avenue, 7th Floor       Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Mission Waco Legal Services-296-9866  1226 Washington Ave.        Call for appointment

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Here for the People

By Charlie Foster

“We’re here for the people. That’s why we work, and we love it. The people are what matter,” the receptionist reflected.

And that’s the most important value of McLennan County Hunger Coalition (MCHC).

“We see a lot of people come through here. A lot of families and individuals come in here and use our programs,” said Linda Parker, receptionist for MCHC and Caritas. “They come in here to get assistance. If they don’t have the money to get food or get the things they need from the store, they come here to us, and we love to work with those people.”

The purpose of MCHC is to assist the citizens of McLennan County and the surrounding areas with government funding food benefits. Some of these benefits include SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and the Caritas food pantry.

But the underlying purpose of being there, says Parker, is to get to know the people.

“My neighbor across the street uses our services. She comes in here every other month, and I got to know her through living near her and seeing her here,” Parker said.

“We’ve developed a relationship,” she continued. “Now we carpool. She takes my grandson and her niece to school, and I pick them up every day. I value our relationship, and I’m so glad I met her here.”

But those relationships are also valued on the client end, as well.

April Satler has used the services of MCHC and Caritas since she was a little kid.

“I would come here with my older sister when I was real young,” she said. “I came here because I know it, and I used to work here, too. This is a good place to get help. I know the people that work here, like Ms. Parker. She treats everyone with respect, like family. Everyone here does, and that’s why I like it here.”

Gladdys Harris of Itasca has the similar reaction to the people of MCHC and Caritas.

“I used to come here with my church to serve other people, but now I come here for myself occasionally.”

Harris, 73, feels comfortable when she works with the people at MCHC and Caritas.

“I associate this place [MCHC and Caritas] with a good place,” she said.

Satler, 26, feels the same and advises people to come here.

“If people need help, this is a good place to come,” she said. “A lot of us already know about it, but some people just don’t have a clue. This is where you need to be to get help.”

“You become a family when you get to know the people here, and that’s what’s important,” Parker concluded. “My advice to those in need is to search the Bible and look to God for your answers. But if you can’t do that and He points you here, we want to change a life and make a difference for you.”

BU helps MCHC, steps out of Baylor bubble

By Caitlin Giddens

It’s no secret there is a separation between Baylor University and Waco. While Pat Neff radiates across the interstate, nearly 30 percent of Wacoans live below the poverty line. Baylor students and faculty hope to bridge this gap by working with McLennan County Hunger Coalition (MCHC) and partner organizations.

MCHC collaborates with local pantries, businesses, congregations, food producers and individuals to provide food security across Central Texas. As a coalition, MCHC relies on communication among other nonprofits. Act Locally Waco, a website created by Baylor Director of Continuous Improvement Ashley Thornton, serves as a bulletin board for nonprofit and volunteer organizations. Each Friday, Thornton sends an email to 600 subscribers, updating them on the current volunteer opportunities. Thornton may be an unconventional volunteer, but her efforts are essential for MCHC’s outreach.

“I don’t volunteer at the food panty or package up food, but I run the website that provides information to these organizations,” Thornton said. “Act Locally isn’t a solution – it’s a stirring pot. It’s encouraging because the email shows you’re not alone. There are people who care about nonprofits.”

When Thornton moved to Waco, she struggled to find a volunteer program that fit with her schedule. But she felt called to step outside of the Baylor bubble and volunteer for the Waco community.

“I found there aren’t volunteer opportunities for people who working during the day,” Thornton said. “Some of us have different gifts and there is a place for that. When I moved here, I would go to Hunger Coalition meetings and education meetings and expected to find the same people. They weren’t the same people, even though these are related issues. If we are going to move forward, we need to connect the [nonprofit] circles. “

Act Locally fuses information for nonprofits across Central Texas, but it is especially vital for MCHC’s constant communication with its partners. MCHC’s Program Director for Helpings Esther Morales met Thornton before she created Act Locally. They’ve worked together since Act Locally was established in 2008.

“Act Locally allows Hunger Coalition to use the website for referrals and collaborate with other fighting hunger agencies in our community,” Morales said. “I believe all volunteers are important to the nonprofit sector. They are the bloodline to making any project become a reality.”

Baylor’s assistance with MCHC and SNAP

In addition to providing food security, MCHC created SNAP Outreach, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP, which is housed in Caritas, helps people file for federal benefits and food stamps. As a public relations intern for Caritas, Baylor senior Kaitlin Ramby has been exposed to poverty in Waco. Ramby has stepped out of the Baylor bubble to witness MCHC’s partnership with Caritas to run SNAP.

“I think a lot of Baylor students realize there is a need in Waco, but since they aren’t up close and personal with it they don’t understand the gravity of Waco’s situation,” Ramby said. “At Caritas, I see tons of families come in who don’t have food to put on the table. The Caritas building is almost never empty.”

Following the explosion in West on April 17, MCHC, Caritas and other nonprofits provided help to Waco’s neighbor community.

“Caritas immediately updated the Facebook page to alert people that we were taking donations of food, clothing, furniture and other items for relief in West,” Ramby said. “The donations to West became so overwhelming, we actually had to turn some of it away. It was great to see the organization I work for making such an effort.”

Baylor students and faculty strive to bridge the gap between the university and city. But MCHC will continue to need help when students leave for summer. Morales stressed the need for hunger relief in the hotter months.

“We need volunteers to help with  and summer food drives, as well as outreach information and neighborhood walks,” Morales said. “I always encourage those interested in volunteering to attend one of MCHS’s monthly meetings.”

Making a Difference and Giving Back

By Kasey McMillian

The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is housed by the new facility of Caritas and even though they are separate organizations, they are both working towards the same goal of feeding the needy. “We’re working hand in hand for the same thing and it’s to help the less fortunate,” Ericka Swain, the pantry manager for Caritas, said.

“I think it’s a comfort for the clients to come in and see a newly renovated and cleaner facility because it doesn’t feel good to have to go to a place to get help that’s in bad condition and now here, it’s a professional environment,” Swain said. Caritas and the Hunger Coalition have been successful over the past years but the new facility insures more opportunity to expand the program to more clients in need.

Caritas and the Hunger Coalition have similar goals of:

-program enlargement

-having more partnerships with agencies

-having more outreaches within the community

-sending in the client’s application completed to eliminate a lot of the case workers job or steps at the health and human services office

-getting some medical professional to come and share their expertise

-coming up with money for more grants

Working for Caritas, Ericka Swain is the pantry manager and she is in charge of managing volunteers and workers, making sure food is stocked and organized in the pantry in a timely manner, preparing food for clients, and makes sure the warehouse is delivering enough food regularly to Caritas. Caritas pantry also gives out diapers, hygiene products, and also cleaning products. “The most rewarding part [it happens at least once a day] is the joy in a client’s eyes when we come to them with the list of things that they’ve asked for whether it’s diapers for food or if they need some soap or whatever they needed,” Swain said. “It’s just the satisfying gratitude that you get for smalls things that people take for granite every day. “

Over the years, “Spring onto Summer” has been a large event for both Caritas the Hunger Coalition and helps benefit families during the summer while their children are home from school and aren’t provided with meals. Waco Independent School District has partnered with the Hunger Coalition for food drives, the Child Nutrition Services with the Texas Stop Hunger Golf Tournament and the homeless connect with veterans and with other agencies at the Convention Center.

“Something that the board officers [of the Hunger Coalition] are looking for in 2013-2014 is coming up with some great ideas for fundraisers and were venturing and looking into it,” Esther Morales, program director for the SNAP outreach programs, said. “We need something that’s gonna catch people’s attention and to support on the issues that we fill that were making a difference in the community.”

Working with the Hunger Coalition, Esther Morales’s job helps with a federal benefits program called SNAP; formally known as Food Stamps is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. It provides monthly funding for people that need help paying for groceries.

SNAP was established with Caritas because they noticed the incline of people coming in more weekly instead of monthly and then realized people were not utilizing the federal benefits program. Therefore, by having this program there in the new facility, employees are doing all the work, filling out applications, organizing documents and translating for clients who have a hard time reading and writing in English. This facility has impacted the growth of both organizations and because of the helpful environment the clients in the office has inclined.

“I am primarily I am responsible first and foremost to make sure we’re doing everything possible to encourage people and families and individuals to get educated on the benefits for applying for SNAP benefits, that’s my primary role,” Morales said. “But through the years it has expanded into the direction of an Executive director role, because I also write grants to sustain the program through funding for the helpings and then I’ll write grants to sustain some of the summer meal programs. I also have written grants for Waco ISD and backpack program when it first initiated through Texas Department of Development Culture.”

Both employees, Esther Morales and Ericka Swain relied on food stamps during their life and they understand the importance of what Caritas and the Hunger Coalition are trying to do within the community.

“I just want to make sure that we get to a point to where our community and our children and our children’s children and our neighbors and friends, that we all are living a healthier life,” Morales said.

And both organizations have great ideas on how to expand for the future together and separately to make their organizations bigger and better than they already are now.

“I would like to see more clients come in because I believe there’s more people out there that need help and outreach in the community because we’ve got this new facility,” Swain said. “There’s so much more we can do then just feed, there are so many other needs and I think that we need to take advantage of that.”


Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. During this week, a number of schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.

This year the events for Waco’s Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week are as follows:

Sunday November 11th

The week of awareness begins at the Church Under the Bridge (I-35 and S. 4th Street) at 11:00 a.m.  Join a diverse crowd in praise and worship together.

Monday November 12th

Join our letter writing and advocacy efforts at Common Grounds (1123 South 8th), The World Cup Café (1321 North 15th) and the Baylor Chapel from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.  We will be writing to our local, state and national governmental leaders expressing our concern and asking them not to cut spending for important hunger, shelter, and poverty legislation, as well as encouraging them to act on behalf of those living in poverty.

Wednesday November 14th

Join us for dinner and a movie.  Come out to the Jubilee Theatre (1319 N. 15th St.) at 7:00 p.m. to watch the film, “First, Last and Deposit” a movie about the brutal reality of poverty and homelessness in America.  Gather for dinner with your friends at one of the surrounding restaurants for a pre-movie meal.  Restaurants include:  D’s Mediterranean (1503 Colcord Ave), Kitok’s (1815 North 18th Street), the World Cup Cafe (1321 North 15th St.), San Diego (1229 N 18th St), Double R Burgers (1810 Herring Ave), and El Charro Tapatio (1615 West Waco Drive).

Thursday November 15th

Volunteer at one of Waco’s local food pantries, Shepherd’s Heart (1401 North 34th).  3:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m, Witness the need in our community first hand.

Friday November 16th

Attend a meeting of the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition at the VA (4800 Memorial Drive, Bldg. 6) 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Participate in the local Food for Families Food Drive as a contributor, or/and as a volunteer.  Call Khaliah Warren at Caritas, 254-753-4593 for information.

Saturday November 17th

Celebrate the one year anniversary of the Waco Downtown Farmers Market (400 South University Parks Drive) 9AM to 12:00PM

Download a .pdf version of the flyer here and here

 

 

This Tuesday & Friday, October 16th & 19th . Two Great Social Justice Learning Events at the Jubilee Theatre

This Friday, 7:30pm, a dramatic reading of the Broadway play called “12 Angry Jurors” will be performed this Friday, October 12, 7:30pm, at Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N. 15th St. Examining what it means to truly perform citizenship and honestly dole out justice, 12 Angry Jurors, Sherman L. Sergel’s modern adaptation of Reginald Rose’s classic play, contains intense, hearty performances in its thoughtful production. Produced by West of Broadway as both a literacy and civic responsibility tool, the play operates interactively, asking the audience to vote on the defendant’s guilt or innocence and, therefore, possibly predict the outcome. The presentation is both entertaining and informative as it reveals 12 jurors locked in an anteroom to consider the fate of a young defendant accused of murdering his father. Reflecting the increasingly rude and selfish American population vociferously protesting at health meetings, deliberations sometimes grow angry and tense. Jurors must question their own prejudices, responsibilities and consequences of their votes. Donations only.

A panel discussion will follow for about 30 minutes.


“The Line”…


“The Most Important Film You’ll See This Year” says Jim Wallis, Sojourners Magazine.
Free film this Tuesday, Oct 16, 7:00pm, Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N. 15th

Written and directed by Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Midgett, a 40-minute film called “The Line,” chronicles the very real stories of four realpeople struggling with real poverty in America today. You’ll meet a banker in the suburban Midwest who used to earn six-figures a year and now, after the economic collapse, must go to a food bank to feed his three kids; a fisherman on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana who has watched his livelihood and his culture wash away in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a devastating off-shore oil spill; a blue collar guy in North Carolina who worked hard his whole life but lost his job, became homeless, and started over as a restaurant bus boy; and a single mom in Chicago who battles daily to ensure that her son is safe, healthy, and has the opportunity to go to college. The idea of the film is simple: People living in and struggling with poverty telling their own stories. They are beautiful, inspiring, challenging, and full of grace. In a word, their stories are powerful. The kind you never forget. The kind that make you not only feel something, but compel you to do something.

A discussion will follow led by Dr. Kenneth Moerbe (McLennan County Hunger Coalition) and Joe Gatlin (pastor of Hope Fellowship).

Lutheran Ministries and Social Services 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Benefit

October 9, 2012: On Saturday, October 20th, Trinity Lutheran Church (Badger Ranch) located at 2 Ritchie Road, Woodway, will host an Oktoberfest Dinner, with live music entertainment from members of the “Star Over Texas Jamboree”, plus silent auction to benefit the programs of Lutheran Ministries and Social Services of Waco (LMSS-Waco). LMSS-Waco is a local Waco Christian non-profit best known for its Legal Assistance Project, a pro se civil legal aid clinic which serves to educate persons unable to afford the services of an attorney and who, therefore, must learn how to represent themselves in civil court.

 

LMSS-Waco is listed in the Texas State Bar Directory of Services for Low-Income Texans. It primarily serves residents of McLennan and Hillsboro counties on issues such as child custody and elder law. There is a tremendous need for legal services for the poor in our country and Texas is no exception. Traditional Legal Aid can serve only about 2 out of every 5 income-eligible persons who apply for their services. In 2011, the average annual income for the families served through the pro se clinic of LMSS-Waco was $15,146 per year. For a family of four, this income level is $7,904 less than the poverty line for the state of Texas.

 

In 2008, the federal government passed the Increasing Adoptions Act, which mandated that permanent family placement – rather than foster care – of abused and neglected children was to be the goal of Child Protective Service agencies in every state. In the past, family members who could not afford the typical $1,500-3,000 up-front retainer (to obtain this permanent legal custodial placement) had no other option than to lose the child to the foster care system. Now they have another choice in Central Texas, through the use of the Legal Assistance Project of LMSS-Waco.

 

The dinner will be served starting at 6:30pm and the event will end at 9:30pm.  Tickets are priced as follows: $25 in advance and $35 at the door, with table sponsorships available for $250 (single table) and $500 for two tables. The menu will feature traditional German sausages with appropriate sides. All funds raised at this event will be matched, dollar for dollar through a matching grant through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

 

Lutheran Ministries and Social Services of Waco is dedicated to bringing hope and peace of mind — to those in our community too poor to afford the services of an attorney for a civil legal issue — by providing access to justice with compassion. Our emphasis is on doing God’s work as we are instructed to do in Micah 6:8, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

 

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For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Francine Lumbard, Director of Lutheran Ministries and Social Services of Waco (LMSS-Waco) call (254) 757-3402

Or contact her by email flumbard@lmss-waco.org

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry

 The Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry stops at the following locations in McLennan County:

Every 1st Tuesday of the month at 123 E. Texas Ave in Mart, TX

Every 2nd Saturday of the month at Paul Quinn Campus, Waco, TX

Every 3rd Friday of the month at 320 Falls St, Marlin, TX

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Texas State Technical College. Mazanec Rd, Waco TX

More information about the mobile food pantry can be found on the capital area food bank website here

 11 a.m. – 1:00pm

Free, healthy food for your family!


 Get help applying for Food Stamps

Food distributed could include:

meat • beans • canned vegetables

soup • cereal • potatoes • canned fruit

rice • pasta • pasta sauce • other nutritious foods

A free community service brought to you by:

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and Shepherd’s Heart