Written by: Leah Reed, No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador, Texas Hunger Initiative – Waco Regional Office My name is Leah Reed, and I’m originally from Hayward, California, about a 25-minute drive from the lovely San Francisco. I’ve found myself in Waco, Texas, for a few years, studying at Baylor University, where I am a junior […]Read more "Do what we can, where we are, with whatever we have."
THI is made up of a special group of people. We have gardeners, knitters, parents, cooks, and more—all on our staff and all passionate about ending hunger and poverty. Through our blog and in your communities you’ve hopefully gotten to see the work they do, but we also want to tell you more about why […]Read more "Dog Person, Budding Gardener, Efficiency Enthusiast: Meet Taylor McKinney"
Written by: Jeremy Everett, Director, Texas Hunger Initiative and Duke Storen, Senior Director, Research, Advocacy, and Partnership Development, Share Our Strength For more than 18 million children across America, summer can mean hunger, anxiety, and learning loss, not picnics, pools, and fun. When school ends for the summer, so do the meals offered to children through […]Read more "Why Do We Let Our Children Go Hungry in the Summer?"
How can Summer Meals sites keep kids engaged and participation numbers up throughout the summer months? Our latest blog series highlights unique activities that can be replicated at your Summer Meals site! This week, we feature a unique way a site in the Panhandle is engaging the community around Summer Meals. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Something exciting is happening […]Read more "Adopt-a-Week: Canyon Community Organizations Volunteer Time"
In this blog post, public relations junior Lydia Spann (pictured below) reflects on her week in Washington, D.C., on the Hunger in America mission trip. I live in Waco, Texas, where I encounter people who go hungry on a daily basis. For the past two years, I have worked as a reading tutor in local elementary […]Read more "A Commission to do Something About Hunger: Hunger in America Mission Trip"
By: Matt Chelf, Baylor University Junior and Share our Strength: No Kid Hungry Youth Ambassador “Thank you so much,” she said. “We would have no other means to get access to meals, but you’ve come this far and brought it to us. We can’t thank you enough.” Many families across Texas, like the McAllen mother quoted above, […]Read more "Texas ISDs Bridge Transportation Gap with Summer Mobile Meals"
In March, we said goodbye to several brilliant AmeriCorps VISTAs who fulfilled their one-year terms and left a mark on THI. Now we say goodbye to 10 more, each of whom embodies the spirit and work ethic of a VISTA. Each of them will go on to do great things, and while their service year at […]Read more "What Can Happen in a Year…Of Service? [Part Two]"
A third grader sits at his classroom desk, tears streaming down his face. He isn’t paying attention to the lesson. “What’s wrong?” his teacher asks with concern. “My stomach hurts,” he replies. The same scenario plays out the next morning, and the morning after that. His teacher, Shelly Lyles, begins to put the pieces together. […]Read more "Hunger in the Classroom"
Summer is upon us and for many this means carefree days of fun in the sun. However, for the more than two million Texas children who rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition, summer means they lose access to these programs and the guarantee of food that will allow them to lead […]Read more "Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation"