Meet the Task Force’s Two Newest Members

April 12, 2013

By: Amber Jekot, Food Planning Task Force Organizer

Join me in Welcoming Kelsey Scherer and Amy Sattergren to the Food Planning Task Force!

Meet Kelsey Scherer, the Child Hunger Outreach Specialist as well as the FPTF’s Children’s Nutrition Work Group leader. Kelsey, a native of Chicago, graduated May 2011 from American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies.  Her concentration in community development in sub-Saharan Africa and minor in French allowed her to spend eight months studying grassroots community development in Cameroon and Mali.  During college Kelsey interned for International Justice Mission, a human rights agency dedicated to bringing rescue to victims of violent oppression worldwide through a collaborative casework model.  Desiring to learn more about serving her community through agriculture, Kelsey made the leap southward to join us in Waco, Texas to serve as the Produce Intern for World Hunger Relief, Inc.

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Kelsey shares: “I came to the farm with the intention to tinker around in the dirt, to learn about vegetables, to grow in relationship with God and others, and delve deeply into interests that might illuminate my path forward as I consider how to best serve my community, wherever it may be.”

Though drawn initially by the World Hunger Relief Farm, Kelsey has fallen in love with Waco, beckoned by the fertile soil of beauty and potential in this city and its community.

Meet Amy Sattergren, the Food Planning Task Force’s new vista.  Amy, a native of Cincinnati, studied International Studies at Baylor University, minoring in both Spanish and Religion.  Throughout college she served as a Young Life leader for high school students in Waco where she was able to see first hand the effects of poverty.  Amy saw hunger’s impact on the students’ education, nutrition, and future.  Amy’s experience with hunger with students in congruence with her education on international development illustrated to her the frustrating complexity of poverty.  Amy’s experience has led her to believe that collaborative, strategic, and holistic approaches rooted in love are key in combating poverty.  Inspired by her faith, Amy believes she has a call from Psalm 82:3-4 to “maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.”

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Amy shared: “Hunger is a tangible piece of injustice that we have the responsibility and capability to eliminate.”

Last summer, Amy helped with Summer Meals outreach as well as volunteered at one of the sites. Amy was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Waco community to work together to serve children food during the summer and is excited about using her experience with the Summer Meals Program to address the barriers that keep our children from accessing food during the summer.

The Task Force is honored to have both Kelsey and Amy serve alongside us as we work to ensure that all community members have access to three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week.

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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 mchcvista@gmail.com 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!


Lobby Day 2012 is Tuesday, June 12th!

June 11, 2012

Posted by www.bread.org

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 http://www.bread.org/event/lobby-day/2012/


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.

Read the rest of the article at frac.org.


S.O.S (Spring Onto Summer) Food Drive THIS FRIDAY!

April 23, 2012

"Children feeding children"

Posters have been posted. Cars have been blanketed with fliers. And, children all over the area are gathering canned food items for this Friday’s S.O.S. Food Drive.

The goal of the Spring Onto Summer Food Drive is “children feeding children.” When school lets out each summer, Central Texas food pantries struggle to provide food for the increased numbers of children no longer receiving free or reduced meals each day at school. This spring food drive hopes to restock those shelves further eliminating food insecurity in McLennan County. Local baseball leagues, soccer teams and youth sports groups are participating in this year’s event. If you would like to promote the food drive and encourage children in your group to donate this Friday, please contact the McLennan County Hunger Coalition at 254-224-8486 or email them at mclennanhunger@gmail.com.

S.O.S 2012 will take place on April 27th from 8am to 6pm.

Volunteers will accept donations at 7 convenient Waco-area locations:

Grande Communications

7200 Imperial Drive, Waco, TX

Channel 25 KXXV

1909 South New Road, Waco, TX

Walmart

600 Hewitt Drive, Waco, TX

1521 Interstate 35 N, Waco, TX

4320 Franklin Avenue, Waco, TX

Sam’s Club

2301 East Waco Drive, Waco, TX

Brookshires

100 Peplow St,  Robinson TX 76706

Want more information? Contact the McLennan County Hunger Coalition at 254-224-8486 or email them at mclennanhunger@gmail.com. You may also visit them online at www.mclennanhunger.org.


FPTF Town Hall HUGE Success!

April 17, 2012

Today at 2pm, the Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County hosted its first Town Hall Meeting of 2012 to a packed house at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Work group leaders spoke, committees reported, and residents joined together to help end food insecurity in McLennan County.

Over the next for weeks, be watching for updates and special announcements. And, if you missed today’s Town Hall, we will post the details of the reports here.

Your voice matters! Help us to end food insecurity in McLennan County by 2015.

-The FPTF Team


FPTF Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW!

April 16, 2012

When: 2pm-4pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Where: Greater Waco Chamber at 101 S. 3rd.

Join us for work group updates, special speakers and a Summer Meals announcement!

Your voice matters! Partners are needed to help end hunger in McLennan County by 2015. See you tomorrow!