Hunger Issues for Children Topic of April 12 Summit
According to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer 2010 records McLennan County currently has more than 27,000 children eligible for the year-round free and reduced lunch program, but only about 3,000, or 11%, participate during the program in the summer when school is out of session.
A Hunger Summit aimed at bringing together area churches and community organizations to discuss issues of childhood hunger will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the City of Waco Multipurpose Center, 1020 Elm Ave.
The summit is a collaboration of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, the Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County, and the Texas Hunger Initiative, housed in the Baylor School of Social Work. City of Waco Mayor Jim Bush will speak at the event.
“There is no reason for our children to go hungry during the summer,” said Jeremy Everett, THI director. “The resources are there if we can bring together the folks to host and distribute the food. Our goal is to eliminate childhood hunger this summer.”
For more information, contact Danny Steis, communications specialist for Texas Hunger Initiative, at Danny_Steis@baylor.edu or by calling 254-710-7494.