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!

*NHHAW graphic courtesy of http://nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/awareness-week/

A special THANK YOU to Superior HealthPlan — a valuable partner and member of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, and this year’s sponsor of Waco’s NHHAW!

Superior HealthPlan color logo


We have some exciting events planned in celebration of our 5th anniversary! Join us for one or all and help us spread awareness about our neighbors in need.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – One-third of a Nation — Play and Panel Discussion

Join us for a special theatrical event at Baylor University! A panel discussion will follow. Everything begins at 2pm. Purchase tickets online (if you do not have a season pass) at www.baylor.edu/theatre. To learn more about the play visit http://www.baylor.edu/theatre/index.php?id=867353%22. For directions to the Mabee Theatre in the Hooper Schafer Fine Arts Center, please visit  http://www.baylor.edu/map/.  The panel discussion will be nearby in Room 149.

Panelists include:

·         Teri Holtkamp – City of Waco Homeless Administrator

·         Cheryl Pooler – Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition

·         Phil York – Habitat for Humanity

·         Mike Stone – Waco Community Development

·         Dr. Elizabeth Goatley – Baylor School of Social Work/Human Trafficking Expert

·         Jennifer Caballero – Salvation Army

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – Special Kick-off Presentation at Church Under the Bridge then join us for the Heart of Texas CROP Walk!

Let’s start the week with our friends at Church Under the Bridge!  Join us for worship at 11am under the bridge at I-35 and 4th Street. Meals are served at 10:30am. CUB’s motto is “May we come together, black, white, brown, rich and poor, educated in the streets and in the university, all worshipping the living God, who makes us one.”


Walk to end hunger in the Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk! Sign up your team today! Proceeds benefit Caritas of Waco and Church World Service. ALL proceeds go toward ending hunger in our world. Think globally. Walk locally. Registration begins at 2pm, and step off is at 3pm. Children and pets (especially in costume) are welcome! The first 40 registrants receive a free T-shirt!

Monday, November 17, 2014 – Letter Writing!

Make your voice heard as you write letters to our representatives securing the present and future of those in need! We will be at various location throughout Waco. It’s easy to make a difference! We will provide everything you need!

Location of Letter Writing Time   – Monday – 11-17-14
Baylor Sub 8am-5pm
McLennan Comm. College 8am-5pm
Olive Branch Restaurant 8am-3pm
Dichotomy Coffee House All business hours of operation
Farmer’s Market Saturday (11/22/14) 9am-1pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – Special presentation to the Waco City Council

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – Share with your congregation the importance of increasing awareness of hunger, homelessness and poverty in our world. Have a letter writing event! Host a speaker! We can help! Contact us, and we will get the ideas flowing!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Dinner and a Movie

Join us at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church for Dinner and a Movie! Dinner is provided. Join us at 6pm for special showings of Inocente and The Motel Kids of Orange County. Did you know that 1 out of 10 children in Waco ISD are considered homeless? Many live frequently in our area’s motels and hotels. Learn what it’s like to grow up as a “motel kid” as part of NHHAW. Discussion to follow!

Everything begins at 6pm. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 305 N. 30th St., Waco, Texas 76701 (Corner of Waco Drive and 30th Street)

Friday, November 21, 2014 – Food for Families Food Drive

Donate food and monetary donations to this year’s Food for Families Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the state! All proceeds and food collected benefit local pantries and feed our neighbors. Want to volunteer at a drop-off location? Contact Chelle Samaniego at chellesamaniego1@gmail.com to get signed up for a two-hour shift. It’s easy!

Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Let’s end NHHAW at the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market (400 South University Parks Drive. Look for the old Fire Tower)!

Write letters. Learn how you can help. We got it all at our last event for NHHAW! Join us from 9am  to 1pm and see how you can end hunger, homelessness and poverty in Waco!

To learn more about the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition, visit https://www.facebook.com/HeartOfTexasHomeless