National Hunger and Homelessness

 Awareness Week

The McLennan County Hunger Coalition and the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition are once again participating  in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week! Now in its fifth year in Waco, NHHAW hopes to bring awareness to not only local poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness, but also to the state and national issues that affect our citizens. Our 2013 focus is senior hunger. We’d love for you to participate in any — if not all — of our week’s events! Please spread the word! Let’s end hunger and homelessness in our community!

Planning in currently under way for our 5th year! Stay tuned for details and to download our calendar of events. If you would like to participate in the planning, or volunteer during the week, please contact Chelle Samaniego at chellesamaniego1 (at)

Last year’s events were a blast AND help spread awareness of hunger and homelessness in Waco and McLennan County. Check out what we did last year. This year will only be better!

***** PLEASE NOTE: These are last year’s events to give you a better idea of what we do.*****

Our 2014 calendar is being finalized and will be posted soon. 

Saturday, November 16th

A Night Without A Home

Kickoff National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by spending a night without a home next to the Salvation Army men’s and women’s shelters and learn more about the experiences of men and women who experience homelessness every day.

The night will begin with dinner at the Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen at 5:30 pm. After dinner, those participating will walk over to the “camp-site” behind the men’s shelter where we will set up sleeping bags or cots for those who request them. During the evening participants will hear from men and women who are currently experiencing homelessness and someone who is formerly homeless. The event will conclude with breakfast the next morning at 8:30am.

If interested, please RSVP to Sarah Miller at the Salvation Army, 254-756-7271.

*Participants will have access to bathroom facilities inside the Salvation Army warehouse during the night. The sleeping area is fully surrounded by a fence and under an overhang.

Sunday, November 17th

Kick off the week at Church Under the Bridge at 11am (Be there early for parking). Church Under the Bridge meets each Sunday under the overpass at I-35 and 4th/5th Streets and strives to eliminate cultural, economic and racial walls. A meal is served at 10:30am. Join us for a worship service and brief presentation. Calendars will be distributed, as well.

Monday, November 18th

Letter Writing at various locations to encourage stakeholders to increase access to food for our senior citizens. We will have materials and information for you! Join us and make your signature count in the lives of all seniors.

Locations include:

Common Grounds 2-4pm
World Cup Café 1-3pm
Brook Oaks Senior Residences 10am-11am
Baylor SUB 11am-1pm
**Locations and times will be updated as needed.

Tuesday, November 19th

Food deserts are a huge concern in Waco. Join us for a special Baylor class presentation and open Town Hall meeting at 2pm in the Cooper Room at the Waco Chamber of Commerce. (101 S. 3rd St Waco, TX 76701)

Wednesday, November 20th

Congregational Awareness Night

Would you like a special presentation at your church and help increase hunger and homelessness awareness in Waco? Our goal for this night to increase awareness of hunger and homelessness in our community.  Speakers, videos, presentations and bulletin inserts are available to help not only increase awareness of hunger and homelessness, but also to increase awareness of the week’s activities and ways you can serve. For more details and to secure your speaker, contact Chelle Samaniego at

Thursday, November 21st

Dinner and Movie

Movie: A Place at the Table

Location: Bennett Auditorium Movie at 6:00pm. (Bennett Auditorium is located across from Waco Hall.)

Food truck parking at 7th and James Baptist Church — 602 James Ave, Waco, Texas

We are excited to announce our Dinner and a Movie Night at Baylor University’s Bennett Auditorium! Our movie goers will first visit our Food Truck Caravan where they can enjoy a great meal and fellowship while supporting small business in Waco. Then, a short walk brings them to Bennett Auditorium for A Place at the Table, a 2013 documentary depicting hunger and food insecurity in America, as well as the history and realities of the problem. A panel discussion will conclude the evening, which will include distinguished local hunger advocates.

Dinner: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Movie: 6:00pm (Panel discussion to follow)

Friday, November 22nd

Food for Families Food Drive

For the fourth year, we will assist Caritas of Waco in securing volunteers for the Brookshire’s store in Robinson from 8am-8pm. Each shift is two hours, and volunteers are needed! Email Chelle Samaniego and get signed up today!

Saturday, November 23rd

NHHAW Day at Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market

We were there at the launch, and now we celebrate every year! This marks the 2nd anniversary of the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market. We will have an information booth, letter writing and hunger advocates on site to answer any questions.


For more information, contact Kenneth Moerbe at or call 254-715-0134

To learn more about the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition, visit them on Facebook at