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Local Hunger Coalition Providing Free Meals to Parents
“Have Lunch on Us” Program Sponsored by McLennan County Hunger CoalitionWHAT: The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is sponsoring a program entitled “Have Lunch on Us” which will provide parents accompanying their children to a free lunch at selected Summer Meals Feeding Sites where they can eat and enjoy a meal with their children.

WHY: The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is sponsoring and reinstating this program from a grant that was provided by Grande Communications. The program helps encourage parents to continue to bring their children to Summer Meals Feeding site locations, following the release of summer school. The coalition recognizes that many children will no longer be at a school site location, and will need to participate in the Summer Meals Program at a separate location for the rest of the summer duration.

The “Have Lunch on Us” program aspect is to encouraging parents to continue bringing their children to summer meals sites, by rewarding them to participate in the program with their children by being provided with a lunch that they can eat, and enjoy with their children, says, Hunger Coalition Vice-Chairperson, Ms. Esther Morales.  This could also “increase the number of children who continue to have access to free meals” Morales added. The ultimate goal is to prevent children from facing hunger in the summer months ahead when sites are available for them to continue to receive free meals.

WHERE/ MOBILE FEEDING SITES:

Waco Central Library- 1717 Austin Avenue (Lunch Only) 11:30am-12:00pm

In East Waco there will be two participating sites.(Lunch Only at both Sites)

Estella Maxey Apartment – 1809 J.J. Flewellen Complex  12:10pm-12:30pm

TrendWood Apartment –    1700 Dallas Circle 12:40pm-1:00pm

WHEN:  Starting Friday, July 13th Ending Friday July, 27th

HOW: The “Have Lunch on Us” program is being financially supported by Grande Communications, is a sponsored effort of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, and is also sponsored by the Waco independent School District Child Nutrition Services as a community effort in affiliation with the Summer Feeding Program.

WHO: The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is a non-profit organization created in 2003 to combine the efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to ending hunger in McLennan.

LIKE us on Facebook: @mclennancountyhungercoalition

FOLLOW us on Twitter: @mchcwaco

 


 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

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.

For more information about how to donate to the food drive, please contact Bob Gager at 254-230-7393 or shepherds.heart@yahoo.com or Buddy Edwards at 254-722-7698 or caritas@grandecom.net.

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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!

 

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 YourTexasBenefits.com  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!

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!

End Hunger 2015

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:01 am ,   Updated: 2:27 am, Thu Aug 15, 2013 at WacoTrib.com

By REGINA DENNIS   rdennis@wacotrib.com                                                            

Waco Tribune-Herald                                     

Waco school and community sites soon will offer free dinners to local children during the school year in a joint effort to reduce childhood hunger.

The city of Waco received a $45,000 grant from the National League of Cities to create an afterschool full meal program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Waco was one of 15 cities nationally to receive funding from the organization’s Cities Combating Child Hunger Through Afterschool and Summer Meals Programs (CHAMPS) initiative.

Read the complete article online at http://www.wacotrib.com/news/education/city-waco-schools-to-offer-free-dinners-to-local-children/article_63bbdc0e-d16e-5032-8d59-d22a9b88e89a.html