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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016
CONTACT: Robert Gager (230-7393) or Buddy Edwards (753-4593/722-7698)
“SPRING ONTO SUMMER FOOD DRIVE TO HELP PANTRIES FEED KIDS”
In order to help deal with the serious problem of child hunger in McLennan County which worsens in the summer when many children are home from school and cannot receive free, nutritional meals provided in schools, a special spring food drive is being conducted. The sixth annual “Spring Onto Summer Food Drive,” which will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016, is designed to help local food pantries better meet the increased demand for supplemental food that is expected during the summer—a time when there is also a decrease in food and monetary donations to these organizations.
Pantries to receive food donated through this drive are: Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantries in Waco and Robinson, Salvation Army, Lake Shore Baptist Church, and Caritas of Waco.
When school is out, families in need have more mouths to feed at home, so the demand for food is greater at local pantries. The community is being asked to help restock the shelves of these local pantries and assist them in caring for people in need.
Individuals are encouraged to make donations of food on April 9th between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at one of the following locations:
- Wal-Mart, 1521 N IH-35, Bellmead
- Wal-Mart, 600 S. Hewitt Dr., Hewitt
- Wal-Mart, 4320 Franklin, Waco
- Sam’s Club, 2301 E. Waco Drive, Bellmead
- Donations may be made on April 8th (not the 9th) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brookshire’s Food Store, 100 Peplow St., Robinson
Volunteers will be handing out lists of needed food items and encouraging shoppers to purchase such items while in the store and to place this food in specially-marked containers before leaving. Among needed food items are canned meats, canned vegetables, cereals, baby food, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, dry beans, rice, corn meal and pasta/sauces. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Walmart and Sam’s Club, KXXV-TV–Channel 25, and Grande Communications are serving as corporate sponsors for the drive.
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!
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!
The Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 200 Walkers and hopes to raise $5,000.00 to help stop hunger and poverty in the Waco community and around the world. A portion of the funds from the walk will go to Caritas of Waco. Last year, some 80 walkers braved the drought-breaking rain to raise more than $4,000 in the local CROP Hunger Walk. This year’s walk will take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14, 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.
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 more information about the Heart of Texas CROP Hunger Walk, contact Katie Cook at Seeds of Hope 254/755-7745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
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
Bohemia will be hosting a festival type event with poets, storytellers, musicians, and artists at Waco’s The Art Forum (located at 1826 Morrow Ave) on July 21. Bring one canned food item or dry food item to get in free. All canned food donations will go to Shepard’s Heart Food Pantry of Waco.
There will be between 30 and 40 vendors selling food, art, beverages, goods, etc. There will also be a Bohemia table where you can order subscriptions, buy back issues, and get Bohemia merchandise.
Confirmed vendors: Mike’s Airbrushing, Courtney Woodliff, Brian Broadway, Pat Jones Photography, Summer Piercer’s Almost Edible Soaps N Things, Cecy Ayla, Patricia Kelly, Memory Boards by Megan Sheffield, CJ Jackson’s xbohica, Brandon Reasoner with Phoenix Threads (and more pending!) All night: Tea Aguilar – eclectic indie mix DJ 11:30 Kat Dixon of Married With Sea Monsters 11:00 Tea Aguilar Band 10:30 Cordial Roy – alternative rock 10:00 Well-Behaved Young Men – folk rock 9:30 The Fly Seks – indie hip-hop 9:00 Blind Rabbit Society – classic/alternative/