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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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Wheels of Sharing Mobile Food Pantry

 

Please mark your calendars for every Second Saturday at Paul Quinn and every Third Tuesday at TSTC of each month to receive additional food. Please bring boxes.

 

2ND Saturday of Each Month

 

PAUL QUINN CAMPUS

1020 Elm Street

Waco, Texas 76701

SATURDAY, November 9th, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

3rd Tuesday of Each Month

 

TSTC Campus @ the Industrial Technology Center between Crest & Airline Drive

TUESDAY, November 19, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

 

A free community service brought to you by:

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Waco East Support Systems, Shepherd’s Heart and McLennan County Hunger Coalition

 

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!

End Hunger 2015

Here is the most up-to-date list of pantries and feeding sites in Waco, Texas. They are listed by day of the week for your convenience. Sites that provide federal benefit assistance as well as rental and utility assistance or available at the bottom of the list. If your site is not listed, please contact us at Email Here. Thank you!

Waco Food Pantries Distribution List

  Waco Food Pantries Distribution List

Monday                                         Location                                                            Time

Care Center -754-8923        3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)                  Pick up application

Caritas -753-4593                 300 S. 15th Street                                            8:00 am-4:00 pm

Church of the Open Door-799-2656     900 N. Loop 340                       10:00am-12:00pm

Operation Assist – 297-7801   400 So.4th Street                                       9:00am- 11:00am

Crestview Church of Christ-776-0711   7129 New Delhi Rd. (off Sanger)  Every 3 months- 8:30am-11:00am

Columbus Avenue Church-752-1655   1300 Columbus Ave.                  Call every 2nd Monday@ 8am

St. Francis Church-752-3254                301 Jefferson Ave.                       9:00am-11:00am

Salvation Army-756-7271                      4721 W. Waco Dr.                        8:30am-1:00pm

Brazos Meadows Baptist Church -666-7314     625 So. Hewitt Dr.       7:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday

Care Center -754-8923           3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)              Pick up application

Caritas -753-4593                    300 So.15th St.                                            8:00 am-4:00 pm

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry-754-4248   3300 North 22nd St.            10:00 am-12:00 pm (1st   40)

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Pantry (MART)  123 East Texas Ave.    1st Tuesday of each month 10-12 pm

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Pantry (WACO)       TSTC Campus    3rd Tuesday of each month 11-1 pm

Hands of Mercy-752-2293     3301 Clay Ave.                                                   3rd Tuesday of each month 2-5 pm

Operation Assist – 297-7801   400 So.4th St.                                             9:00 am- 11:00 am

Salvation Army-76-7271        4721 W. Waco Dr.                                        8:30 am-1:00 pm

Wednesday

Caritas -753-4593                     300 So.15th St.                                             8:00 am-4:00 pm

St. Francis Church-752-3254   301 Jefferson Ave                                     9:00 am-11:00 am

Church of the Open Door-799-2656  900 No. Loop 340                        10:00 am-12:00 pm

Care Center -754-8923            3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)             Pick up application

Bellmead  Calvary  Baptist-799-0229  910 East Loop 340                     4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

     *Service only residents in these zip codes:  76704, 76705, 76640, 76624, & 76684. Call for additional information.

First Baptist Church (GHOLSON) 829-2321  228 Wildcat Circle, Gholson Rd.  Wed. Night 6:30-7:30 pm (appt.only)

*Services provided for these areas only: West, Ross, Chalk Bluff, Aquilla

Victorious Life Church-662-5552     7459 S. Hwy I-35 Robinson          5:30- 6:30 pm

Salvation Army-756-7271                   4721 Waco Dr.                                 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Northside  Church of Christ               2500 Parrish                                    3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Thursday

Care Center -754-8923                3100 Trice Ave. (rear entrance)          Pick up application

Caritas -753-4593                         300 So.15th St.                                        8:00 am-4:00 pm

Crestview Church of Christ-776-0711  7129 New Delhi Rd. (off Sanger)  every 3 months 8:30 am-11am

Operation Assist – 297-7801      400 So.4th St.                                          9:00 am- 11:00 am

Lake Shore Baptist-772-2910     5801 Bishop Dr.                                     Every 2 wks. 8:30 am-11:30 am

Shepherd’s Heart-722-9217       1401 No.34th St.                                       3:00-6:00 pm

  • Shepherd Heart will continue to open every Thursday and the 2Nd Saturday of each month to serve the community. You will be allowed to come twice a month to receive food. You have the option to pick any Thursday or the 2nd Saturday.

Antioch Community Church-754-0386    505 North 20th St.                  4:00-6:00 pm

Salvation Army-756-7271           4721 W. Waco Dr.                                     8:30am-1:00pm

Just As I Am-235-4009               610 Rotan                                                   1st&4th Thurs of each month 9 am -12 pm

Living Word COGIC-799-3796  1005 Dunbar Street                                  2nd & 4th Thurs 2 pm-4 pm

Friday

Caritas -753-4593                         300 So.15th St.                                            8:00 am-4:00 pm

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry-754-4248   3300 North 22nd St.                10:00 am-12:00 pm (1st   40)

Salvation Army-756-7271            4721 W. Waco Drive                                 8:30-1:00 pm

Carver Park Baptist Church-799-2766  1020 E. Herring Ave.                  1st & 3rd Friday-10 am-12:00 pm

2nd Missionary Baptist Church-799-6300   2001 Dallas Street                2nd & 4th Friday-10 am- 12:00

Saturday

Wheels of Sharing Mobile Pantry (WACO) 1020 Elm St. (Paul Quinn Campus)  2nd Saturday of each month 10-12pm

Sunday

Victorious Life Church-662-5552   7459 S. Hwy I-35 Robinson            12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 

 Waco Feeding Sites Distribution List

Antioch Community Church-754-0386   505 North 20th St.          Friday’s 6:30pm

First Lutheran Church 752-4583              1008 Jefferson Ave.       Wednesday’s 5:30pm & Friday mornings 6:30am

Gospel Café- 753-5916                                825 South 10th St.           Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 11:30-1:30pm

Meyer Center                                                1226 Washington Ave.   Monday – Thursday & Saturday 6:30am

Salvation Army Community Kitchen       500 South 4th Street      Monday-Sunday Lunch 11:30am Dinner 5:30pm

Salvation Army Mobile Canteen               Every Tuesday @noon at Independent Center –Austin Avenue and

12:30 pm at the Brazos River (Downtown Waco Farmers Market Location)

Grace Temple Baptist Church                   3825 Bosque Blvd.          Wednesday evenings Dinner 5:30pm

Acts Christian Fellowship Church            13th  and Mary St.             Sunday evenings Dinner 5:00pm

 

Federal Benefits Assistance Sites

Texas Health & Human Services -211      612 Austin Avenue           Monday- Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

HELPINGS: SNAP Outreach Program-753-3545   300 South 15th Street Monday- Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

Noah’s Heart – 235-0355                          1401 No.34th Street           Each Thursday evening 3:00pm-6:00pm

Noah’s Heart – 235-0355                         1401 No.34th Street            Each 2ND Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm

St. Luke’s AME Church – 752-502         117 East Church St.            Call for appointment for Resource Center

Veteran’s One Stop Center-297-7171     2220 Austin Avenue           Tuesday’s only 8:30am-12:30pm

 

*You can also apply for federal benefits on-line at the Helpings Snap Outreach Program, and at our Texas Health & Human Service office, or at the www.yourtexasbenefits.com website.

 Utilities/Rent/ Assistance Sites

Salvation Army-756-7271                   4271 West Waco Dr.      Monday-Thursday 8:30am-1:00pm (UTILITIES/RENT)

Caritas of Waco- 753-4593                 300 South 15th St          Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm   (Must call first) 

EOAC -756-0954                                  512 Franklin Ave.         Monday- Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm (Must call &fill out Application prior to appointment). 

Legal Assistance Sites

 Lone Star Legal Aid- 756-7944      900 Austin Avenue, 7th Floor       Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Mission Waco Legal Services-296-9866  1226 Washington Ave.        Call for appointment