The Meals on the Bus Go Round and Round! Summer Meals Sites Are Announced!

The summer months are upon us! And, with 85% of children in Waco ISD receiving free or reduced lunch during the school year, great care has been taken to make sure all children in the area who are 18 years and under receive adequate food during the time school is out. We’ve included links below to all site lists for Waco and McLennan County. Please download and share! 

Please remember that ALL sites are FREE for children 18 years and under.

Waco ISD Sites: Waco ISD 2015 Sites – updated 6-15-15

Meals on the Bus Sites: Meals on the Bus Flyer 2015

La Vega ISD Summer Meals Sites: La Vega ISD Free Summer Meals 2015

Connally ISD Summer Meals Sites:Connally ISD 2015_bilingual

Moody ISD Summer Meals Sites: Moody ISD – Summer Feeding 2015

CitySquare Sites: CitySquare SFSP sites 2015

To find a free summer meals site near you, you may also dial 211, and a person will be there to assist you.

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After-school Meals Begin Jan. 13, 2014, at 17 Locations in Waco!

Please download and print this flyer, and help us get the word out! CACFP flyer – site-specific


Free meals are available to ANY child ages 18 and under. No enrollment, ID, or proof of age required to participate.

South Waco Community Center, 2815 Speight Ave. M-F 4-6pm
Bledsoe-Miller Rec Center, 300 MLK Blvd. M-F 4-6pm
Dewey Community Center, 925 N. 9th St. M-F 4-6pm
Family of Faith WC, 2225 Cumberland Ave. M-TH 4 5:45pm
Red Oak Townhomes, 4510 S. 3rd St. M-F 4-6pm
Estella Maxey, 1809 JJ Flewellen M-TH 4-5:45pm
Good Samaritan Baptist, 1300 Faulkners Ln. M-TH 4-5:45pm
Victory in Praise, 1501 Maple M-TH 4-5:45pm
Brownfield Boys and Girls Club, 2700 N. 21st St. M-F 4-6pm
Youngblood Boys and Girls Club, 2020 Richter Ave. M-F 4-6pm

Waco Family YMCA, 6800 Harvey M-F 4-6pm
Doris Miller YMCA, 1020 Elm St. M-F 4-6pm
Mountainview Elementary, 5901 Bishop Dr. M-F 4-6pm
Crestview Elementary, 1120 New Rd. M-F 4-6pm
Alta Vista Elementary, 3637 Alta Vista M-F 4-6pm
Dean Highland Elementary, 3300 Maple Ave. M-F 4-6pm
Bells Hill Elementary, 2100 Ross Ave. M-F 4-6pm

Food on the Move is a federally funded child nutrition program that provides FREE afterschool meals in conjunction with educational enrichment activities! Meals are sponsored by CitySquare, a nonprofit organization based in Dallas, and funded by the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) through the US Department of Agriculture.

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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 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!

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Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry Dates for November Now Posted!

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry


Please mark your calendars for every Second Saturday at Paul Quinn and every Third Tuesday at TSTC of each month to receive additional food. Please bring boxes.


2ND Saturday of Each Month



1020 Elm Street

Waco, Texas 76701

SATURDAY, November 9th, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


3rd Tuesday of Each Month


TSTC Campus @ the Industrial Technology Center between Crest & Airline Drive

TUESDAY, November 19, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



A free community service brought to you by:

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Waco East Support Systems, Shepherd’s Heart and McLennan County Hunger Coalition


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Fast of Caring Article in Waco Trib Today!

Our 4th Annual Fast of Caring was featured in an editorial in the Waco Trib today. Check it out here: MCHC Trib Fast of Caring 10-16-13

The Fast of Caring is TODAY (10/16) from 12:15pm-12:45pm inside the Cooper Room at the Waco Chamber office at 101 S. 3rd Street. Speakers from MCHC, Talitha Koum, Texas Hunger Initiative and more will be on hand to increase awareness of hunger in our city, state, nation, and world.

Please spread the word! See ya there!


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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



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

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, 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


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HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach featured in CPP Newsletter!

Congratulations to our very own, HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach! The program is the Community Partner Spotlight in the Summer 2013 issue of the Community Partner Program (CPP) Newsletter. HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach would not be what it is without the hard work and dedication of Esther Morales and Lois Wilson. This duo brings heart, dignity, and compassion to an often times difficult process. Thank you, ladies, for all that you do.

NOTE from HHSC: We would like to recognize Esther Morales, Program Director, and the McLennan Hunger Coalition’s HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach Program for hitting the ground running as a new partner.  HELPINGS joined the CPP in February 2013 and submitted 30 applications in its first month as an active  Community Partner!  Esther and HELPINGS are champions for client services and  in the Waco area and are a great addition to the network.  This article is Esther’s “Shout Out” to all of you.

The entire newsletter is available for download at HELPINGS – CPP Newsletter_Summer 2013

The HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach spotlight is on Page 4. Enjoy!

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FPTF of McLennan County Reaches Its Goal!

Partner with the Plan: FPTF has Accomplished its Goal

Posted on August 13, 2013 at

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

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 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 and we will connect you!

End Hunger 2015

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