Support MCHC VISTA Brett Case as he competes for a good cause!

June 27, 2012

On July 22nd, MCHC VISTA Brett Case will compete in the 4th annual Waco Triathlon on behalf of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition and McLennan County Pack of Hope.  Brett will compete in the sprint triathlon which includes 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 provides backpacks of food to low-income children on the weekends.

To donate and make your pledge send an email to 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 .

Pledging is easy! Here’s how it works:

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’s goal is 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  beginning at 6:45am.

Please spread the word! And, if you’d like to compete as well, please contact Brett for all the details!

Summer Meals Reaching Fewer Low-Income Children

June 20, 2012

FRAC Report Finds Varied Performance among States and Recommends Steps to Make a Difference this Summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018

Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2012 – Fewer low-income children participated in the nation’s summer nutrition programs in July 2011 than a year earlier, according to Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation (pdf), an analysis by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011.

View a map with state rankings, participation numbers and participation percentages.

The continuing fallout of the recession has not only led to lost jobs and wages and more need for nutrition support for children, but also to major cuts in summer schools and youth programs. Fewer programs for kids have meant in many states fewer sites serving summer meals. In July 2011, FRAC found that only 14.6 children received summer meals for every 100 low-income children who ate school meals during the 2010-2011 school year – a significant drop from the July 2008 ratio of 17.3:100. Put in other terms, total participation nationwide in the Summer Nutrition Programs has dropped by 112,000 children since July 2008.

“FRAC’s report shows that the recession has meant that more children are using the regular school year food programs, but budget cuts are causing school districts and youth services providers in many states to eliminate or reduce their -summer programs. And that means fewer children are getting the summer meals they need to stay healthy and hunger-free,” explained FRAC President Jim Weill. “Participation in virtually every other federal nutrition program, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and school meals, has grown in recent years to meet the increased need for such help. States, cities, and schools must redouble their efforts to ensure that children don’t pay the price of missed summer meals.”

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Can your church or local group help spread the word about Summer Meals in McLennan County this summer? E-mail Shamethia TODAY at or call (254) 757-5638.

Help us increase participation in the summer meals. Together we can tackle childhood hunger.

Lobby Day 2012 is Tuesday, June 12th!

June 11, 2012

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Lobby Day is a unique opportunity to use your voice to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff.

Join us on Tuesday, June 12 to make a real difference in the lives of hungry people.

Last year, more than 320 Bread for the World members and friends from 37 states came to Washington, DC, to participate in Bread’s annual Lobby Day. They met with members and staff in 230 congressional offices.

In these meetings, they urged their senators and representatives to create a Circle of Protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.

On June 12, our Lobby Day message to members of Congress will be to create a circle of protection around funding for programs that are vital to hungry and poor people in the U.S. and around the world.

In light of proposed deep cuts to programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly food stamps), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and poverty-focused foreign assistance, we will raise our collective Christian voice on behalf of the children and families who will suffer the consequences of these cuts.

You can make a difference! To read more and to see how you can participant, visit

Senate Committee Farm Bill Cuts SNAP Fruit and Vegetable Purchases by $862 Million

June 4, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018

Washington, D.C. – June 4, 2012 – Less food in the refrigerator for struggling families. That’s what the Senate SNAP proposal in the Farm Bill means. The bill, which is anticipated to hit the Senate floor this week, contains a $4.49 billion/10 years cut to SNAP that would limit states’ ability to acknowledge families’ shelter costs, through a “Heat and Eat” policy, when computing how much money families actually have from wages, Social Security, or other sources to spend on food.

What this means for struggling households:

  • Hungry people will see their benefits fall. An estimated 500,000 households a year would lose $90 per month in SNAP benefits.
  • People will have less money to spend on healthier food. The most recent USDA data show that vegetables and fruits account for 19.6 percent of the money value of food used by SNAP households. A $4.49 billion SNAP cut means the bill cuts $862 million in purchases of fruits and vegetables.

Federal Consumer Expenditure Survey data show that low-income households’ food purchases by category, percentage-wise, resemble those of households with more resources, albeit low-income households’ expenditures are smaller.

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