Greetings, Hunger Advocates!
Join us tomorrow, June 13, 2013, for our next McLennan County Hunger Coalition meeting!
Where: Caritas of Waco (300 S. 15th, Waco)
When: 11:45am. Lunch is provided, and donations are accepted.
A special committee meeting for the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will follow the meeting. ALL ARE WELCOME! To learn more about the week, click here: http://nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/index.html
See you tomorrow!
Sacrifice just one meal
Most of us have never missed a meal due to famine or poverty. The McLennan County Hunger Coalition (MCHC) is sponsoring their 3rd annual Fast of Caring on Tuesday, October 16—World Food Day. The Hunger Coalition would like to encourage everyone to participate by sacrificing their midday meal on October 16 in order to experience, first-hand, the feeling of hunger. The event is simple but powerful in its potential to focus upon our own blessings and the needs of others, locally and globally. A short ceremony will be held on October 16th, at The Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry at1401 North 34th Street in Waco from 12:15 to 12:45 for participants from various companies, churches and organizations. We will also take this opportunity to honor people in our community to who are working to alleviate hunger and poverty both here and around the world.
Your donations at work in the community
Participants are encouraged to donate the cost of the lunch they will be missing (approximately $7.50). Donations are strictly voluntary and it is not necessary to participate in the fast. All funds donated through the McLennan County Hunger Coalition will go to help fund the efforts of various food pantries and hunger ministries in Waco.
Needed: One contact person to represent your local business
We appreciate all that you do to help to fight hunger in our own community and hope that you can find one person in your organization to help spread the word about the Fast of Caring in your business. Please find enclosed a company registration form. Please let us know if you will participate and if you plan on joining us at Shepherd’s Heart. Your contact person will spread the word at your organization, collect from those who would like to donate, and be responsible to keep record of contributions. Brett Case, MCHC VISTA, will pick up the donations on Monday, October 18th or you may bring them to Friday’s ceremony.
Please call or e-mail Kenneth Moerbe or Brett Case to let us know if your organization plans on participating.
Kenneth Moerbe Brett Case
McLennan County Hunger Coalition Chair Person McLennan County Hunger Coalition VISTA
254- 715-0143 254-224-8486
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Summer Meals served at La Vega Community Church
Although summer is winding down as the school year approaches, many of Waco, La Vega, and Connally ISD Summer Meal sites still offer meals throughout August. To find a site near you text FoodTX to 877-877, visit wacoisd.org or call 254-750-3763 .
UPDDATE 8/24: Group Helps Bridge Hunger Gap.
On Saturday July 21st The McLennan County Hunger Coalition partnered with Bohemia Magazine to raise 140 pounds of food for the Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. The Event featured a variety of Waco artists and performers as well as vendors and wine tasting. Some musicians included The Horton Duo, Cordial Roy, Well Behaved Young Men and the Fly Seks, a full list of venders and performers can be seen here.
The event was free and patrons were encouraged to bring canned or dry food to donate to the McLennan County Hunger Coalition. The Hunger Coalition gave all the food collected to shepherds heart in Waco. This food will help the pantry finish out the summer months before kids return to school in the fall. The event was an overall success and the Hunger Coalition hopes to work with Bohemia in the future to continue to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in McLennan County as well as build the relationship between the arts and nonprofit communities in Waco.
On Sunday, July 22nd the Hunger Coalition’s AmeriCorps VISTA Brett Case competed in the 2nd annual Waco Triathlon to raise funds for McLennan Pack of Hope. Pack of Hope is an afterschool backpack program that supplies supplemental meals to children in low income households on weekends. The sprint triathlon was a fifteen mile race consisting of a 400 meter swim in the Brazos River, a twelve mile bike ride down MLK Boulevard followed by a three and a half mile run around the Brazos and over the suspension bridge.
Brett raised $800.00 in total through pledges and donations. The pledge amount was multiplied by how fast Brett completed the race. He completed the race in one hour and twenty six minutes which multiplied each donors pledge by two. The $800.00 raised from this event will go to purchase food that will be used in the Pack of Hope backpacks.
With school rapidly approaching Pack of Hope is preparing for the initial demand of backpacks by asking people to volunteer with them and pack backpacks at their Waco ISD Child Nutrition Warehouse located at 2025 S. 19th Street in Waco, TX. Make a difference in a child’s life today and help the pack. Learn more at http://pack-of-hope.com/
A message from McLennan County Pack of Hope
Join the Pack!
With a new school year approaching, McLennan County Pack of Hope is gearing up for its important backpack program.
Pack of Hope is a backpack program that works to end weekend hunger for children living in McLennan County by providing backpacks of nutritious food to eligible students when they are not in school.
Pack of Hope is currently looking for volunteers. Join the Pack and pack backpacks with us at the Waco ISD Child Nutrition Warehouse located at 2025 S. 19th Street in Waco, TX.
Packing begins Thursday, September 6th. Contact Scott Anglesey at 254-716-3161 for more information. See the attachment for a full Packing Calendar.
Pack of Hope Backpack Calendar
Here are some photos taken during the opening of the Dewey Rec Center kickoff for Summer Meals.
You can view the rest of the photos here