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2013 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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.

Activities and Events at the Year Anniversary!

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is celebrating our one year anniversary! Join us for all sorts of fun and games – including face painting, a whole line-up of local Waco music, petting zoo, farm & craft demonstrations, wine and beer sampling, and more!! KWBU (Waco’s own NPR station) will also be tabling – providing lots of great NPR swag – and recording interviews with market folks.

And it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving – so grab all your feasting ingredients!

Other activities for the day include:

  • a Petting Zoo by World Hunger Relief, Inc.
  • Face Painting by Mary Anne Summers
  • Recycled Paper Making with the Urban Gardening Coalition
  • Arts and Crafts Projects with the Waco Arts Initiative
  • Coil Pots and Felt Ball Making with Homestead Crafts
  • Letter Writing Campaign in honor of the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
  • Painting Tires for the Herb Garden at the Urban Farm with the Junior League
  • Antique Tractor demonstration of wheat and corn grinding by Chavers Pumpkin Farm
  • Family Photos and Holiday Cards with Jena Willard
  • Local Music Lineup
  • Stone Soup made by Green with Envy Kitchen and Story told by Enchanted Cedar
  • Brat and Beer special by Seeder Shak and Dancing Bear Pub
  • Yoga for everyone!

Here’s a simple little hand-drawn map of where all the activities will be located:  Hand-drawn 11/17 Site Plan.  We will also have a map at the WDFM Welcome Booth at Market on Saturday – to help you navigate around Market!

Vendor Profile: Baylor Campus Kitchens.

Baylor Campus Kitchens will be partnering with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market by hosting a booth for donations.  The WDFM encourages Market costumers to purchase produce from local vendors and donate extra shares at the Campus Kitchens booth – to be delivered to area hunger programs, such as the Salvation Army Kitchen and the Family Abuse Center.

More about the Campus Kitchens Project, from BUCK’s website:

Campus Kitchens Projectis an emerging leader in community service for students and resourceful anti-hunger programs for communities around the country.

What we do is kind of a no-brainer. We know there are people in every community who need nourishing meals. And, we know that every college campus has unserved food in its dining halls and brilliant students in its classrooms. So we put them all together.

We empower thousands of students each year to recycle food from their cafeterias, turn these donations into nourishing meals, and deliver those meals to those who need it most. Then, we open up that on-campus kitchen space to teach culinary skills to unemployed men and women, who in turn teach the college students a thing or two about poverty,stereotypes, and what it takes to make it these days.

So far, we’re at 26 schools around the country: big schools and small schools; rural and urban; colleges and high schools (well, one high school).

The best part is that students run the whole show.They plan the menus, get the food, run the cooking shifts, organize the drivers, and teach culinary skills to unemployed adults. Then, they keep track of all of the paperwork (so we know everything’s being done safely), organize fundraisers, develop curriculum, and recruit new students to get involved. They accomplish an incredible amount of work every day. And then, they take those skills into their jobs when they graduate from school.