Waco: Area Leaders Travel To Denver To Address Local Hunger

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

WACO (May 22, 2013)--Area leaders will spend Wednesday and Thursday gathering ideas and discussing challenges to providing adequate nutrition to local children.

Comprised of Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative Outreach Specialist Kelsey Scherer, City of Waco Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Earl Stinnett and Greater Harvest Assembly Community Ministries Coordinator Candace Hayes make up the Texas Hunger Initiative who meet inside Baylor’s social work building.

Nearly 40 cities across the country applied for the chance to attend the National League of Cities (BLC) leadership academy aimed at combating childhood hunger across the U.S.

Waco was selected as one of 21 cities nationwide to attend this week in Denver, with Houston serving as the only other participating Texas city.

The Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) Leadership Academy initiative will equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to ensure that Waco’s city offices, nonprofits and faith-based organizations are fully utilizing federal reimbursement opportunities, specifically addressing hunger and poverty.

Attendees will hear from federal nutrition program experts, learn from others’ successes and discuss experiences and challenges in providing adequate nutrition to children in Waco.

Funding for the CHAMPS initiative draws from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Afterschool Meal Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

A grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation has enabled local leaders to participate in the project.

“I look forward to gaining a clear understanding of the local program sites and also to learning more about the NLC and other opportunities that may be available to our city for the purpose of serving those in need,” Hayes said.

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