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/
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/progressive rock 8:30 Justin Roberts – soul vocalist 8:00 The Horton Duo Back issues, current issues, and subscriptions will be available for sale. Bohemia Journal is a color glossy art and literary journal printed locally in Waco, TX.
The Urban Gardening Coalition is having the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Urban Training Farm on July 9th at 10:00am at 312 Chestnut Street Waco, TX 76704. They invite everyone to come out and show their support for the program. The UGC has received support or pledges of support from the Cooper Foundation, the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, our board of directors, private donors, and a host of other partners to make this project a reality, and is excited the project is finally becoming a reality. If you are planning to come, it is next to the old Farmers Market Building in East Waco, and it is best to park on Mann Street. Contact Zac Bryan at 817-909-3608 or email@example.com if you have any questions about the event or how you can become more involved with the program.
The UGC has recently been on NPR and KCEN, The links to those stories can be found below :
On July 22nd Brett Case will be competing in the 4th annual Waco Triathlon on behalf of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition and Pack of Hope. The sprint triathlon Brett will be competing in involves a 400m (.35 mile) swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5k run (about 3.2 miles). More information about the triathlon can be found on their website here .
All proceeds will go to benefit the McLennan County Pack of Hope. Pack of Hope is a school backpack program that provides backpacks of food to low income children on the weekends.
To donate and make your pledge send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brett at 254-224-8486 indicating how much you want to pledge, your address, and phone number. Brett will contact you to confirm your pledge amount and details regarding the race .
The pledge amounts will correlate to the following chart,
If Brett completes the race in …
less than 1 hour and 30 minutes=donate your pledge amount x2
less than 1 hour 15 min=donate your pledge amount x3
less than 1 hour= donate your pledge amount x4
Brett plans to complete the race in around an hour and 15 minutes. Come out to the suspension bridge and watch the race on Sunday, July 22nd 6:45am.
Update 6/27: Thank you to everyone who showed up to the food drive. We raised over 400 pounds of food for Caritas. We are looking forward to working with Katie’s Custard sometime August for another fundraiser or food drive.
This Wednesday the McLennan County Hunger Coalition will have a food drive at Katie’s Custard in Waco, located at 602 South Valley Mills Drive. Donate one can of food or nonpershible food item and receive one free icecream cone.
Katie’s Frozen Custard is a true Waco original, with frozen custard made fresh every 40 minutes. Not only do they serve gourmet custard, but it is also high in protein, rich in omega 3’s, and very wholesome! Katie’s Frozen Custard is the perfect combination of “delicious and nutritious.” Located at 602 South Valley Mills Drive, Katie’s Frozen Custard is a true Waco Original that loves Waco and wants to give back through more community-oriented events like their Community Charity Challenge
The temperature is not the only thing that rises during the summer months. Every summer the demand for food rises in many McLennan County households. With Waco schools out for the Summer many children who rely on reduced or free school meals for lunch and breakfast will now have to get their meals elsewhere. Often the families of these children must turn to other sources to make ends meet.
These alternate sources include food pantries and summer feeding sites. Buddy Edwards of Caritas has reported an increased demand during the summer months and has said, “Families typically have more mouths to feed during the summer since their kids are at home and overall food donations to Caritas drop off in the summer, so by the end of August we are generally almost out of food.” The SOS food drive was held last month to help food pantries prepare for the summer months and alleviate some of the stress put on them.
In addition to food pantries, families can go to summer meal sites which are located throughout Waco and McLennan County. The feeding sites will serve breakfast and lunch to any child 18 or under and adults for only $2.00 for breakfast and $3.00 for lunch.
A current list of summer meal sites can be found here or by calling the MCHC at 254-224-8486 or Waco ISD at 254-750-3763.