by Zene Peng Recognizing the importance of teaching nutrition at an early age, McCulloch County Hunger Coalition has been collaborating with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension to teach local elementary students (2nd-5th graders) how to make simple and nutritious meals with a crockpot. The project, titled Kids Crockin, started at the beginning of the […]Read more "Kids Crockin’"
by Zane Peng 2020 was a difficult year that laid bare the systemic inequalities and the instability inherent to a “paycheck to paycheck” lifestyle plaguing too many in the United States. Non-profits have found themselves at the forefront of helping those negatively impacted by the economic and health changes brought on by COVID-19. In […]Read more "For Oak Cliff: Serving the 75216 Superblock"
Creating a strong foundation for action and future success: The importance of leadership and partners with a wide community network by Zane Peng Sun City Hunger Relief Coalition, based in El Paso, TX, has been making great progress since its inception in January of 2020. Some of its ongoing projects include standardizing food insecurity […]Read more "Sun City Hunger Relief Coalition"
Collaboration is the cornerstone of our work at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. It’s in our name. It’s a part of every meeting we hold, every project we complete, and every evaluation we conduct. When we began as the Texas Hunger Initiative over ten years ago, collaboration was the very first thing we […]Read more "Hunger Free Community Coalition: Food Security Initiative VISTAs"
by Zane Peng ____ Inclusion and diversity are foundations of a flourishing and collaborative organization, but what is the seedbed that nurtures a culture of inclusion and diversity? For South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association’s (STJDA) garden, the answer is communication. There are three elements to any communication between two parties: the party communicating, the party […]Read more "Inclusion and Diversity in Community Gardens"
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your work with coalitions this year? Working alongside our versatile AmeriCorps VISTA Cohort and observing them blossom as they build out their regional service projects while building and strengthening Hunger Free Community Coalitions. My favorite memories have been cultivating connections with fellow AmeriCorps VISTA members throughout my […]Read more "VISTA Leader Spotlight: Marina C."
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your work with coalitions this year? The most rewarding aspect of my coalition work this year thus far has been the relationship building I’ve been able to do. I’ve met some amazing, passionate leaders, and although we aren’t able to meet in person, we’ve still been able […]Read more "Americorps VISTA Spotlight: Marina Vergara"
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your work with coalitions this year? I have really enjoyed doing anti-hunger work during COVID-19. The pandemic has illustrated the fragility of our food systems and working to improve access to food during a time when it is particularly inaccessible has been very rewarding. How has your […]Read more "Americorps VISTA Spotlight: Danielle Gartner"
What has been the most rewarding aspect of your work with coalitions this year? Connecting with leaders of different coalitions across the state of Texas and talking about the projects they are doing or planning to do are extremely exciting. Through this process, I learned how some coalitions innovatively combined healthcare services with food […]Read more "Americorps VISTA Spotlight: Zane Peng"
by Jen Stephenson As a former collegiate runner, I live by the equation Stress + Rest = Growth. Hunger and poverty work can feel insurmountable at times because causes are multifaceted and interwoven together. My first few months, I overworked myself and became overwhelmed by how complicated it is to solve hunger. And I […]Read more "Americorps VISTA Spotlight: Jen Stephenson"