Did you know that . . .
. . .over the course of a school year, over 1000 Waco ISD students are homeless?
. . . 1 in 7 senior citizens in the U.S. is threatened by hunger?
. . . the average age of a homeless person in the U.S. is 9 years?
. . . 1 in 4 of our children in Texas live in households experiencing food insecurity?
The McLennan County Hunger Coalition (MCHC) and the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition (HOTHC) are promoting the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 17-23, which is a nationwide endeavor to promote education, awareness and action related hunger and homelessness. During this week, schools communities and cities throughout the nation will strive to bring a greater awareness to these issues of hunger and homelessness.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, there are currently between 3.5 and 4 million homeless persons in the U.S. there is no question but that many of these homeless individuals and families suffer daily from severe hunger, as well as food insecurity. Over 30% of children in Waco live in households that are at or below the poverty level, and where there is poverty there is hunger.
The HOTHC (www.heartoftexashomeless.org) is a totally volunteer organization which works to increase community awareness of the problems of homelessness, to indentify gaps in services that prevent homeless persons from achieving self-sufficiency, and then to develop strategic plans to fill those gaps to help homeless individuals and families to improve the quality of their lives. The MCHC (www.mclennanhunger.org) whose mission is, ‘United to End Hunger in McLennan County”, strives to increase community awareness of the problems of hunger, and to encourage collaboration among pantries, community feeding programs, organizations in the food economy, congregations, and governmental agencies to serve those experiencing hunger and food insecurity to help them improve the quality of their lives.
During this week the MCHC and the HOTHC will be sponsoring events, as well as supporting established events to increase the awareness of these issue in the lives of our citizens.
Click here for the calendar of activities.
To learn more or to participate, please contact: Chelle Samaniego, [email protected], or Kenneth Moerbe, at 254-715-0134,[email protected], Co-chairpersons of the local NHHAWeek Planning Committee.