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"
Their feet are on the ground! Fourteen Baylor undergraduate and graduate students landed in Washington, D.C., yesterday to begin the Hunger in America mission trip, sponsored by Baylor Missions and the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI). Representing a diverse range of majors, these students will spend the week learning about the scope, causes and impact of […]Read more "Hunger in America 2015: Student Profiles"
Younger generations often are characterized in the media as materialistic, self-centered, unmotivated and disengaged. They’re glued to their smartphones, uninterested in the world around them. They don’t believe in working hard, yet feel entitled. These certainly aren’t the characteristics we associate with change agents. But studies are showing that Generations Y and Z are more […]Read more "Challenging Stereotypes: Students Can Have a Significant Impact in the Fight to End Hunger"
This season often seems to consist solely of busyness and hurrying. Making sure year-end deadlines are met, meals are prepared, parties are attended and gifts are purchased. But it is also a time of reflection, a time when we gather with our families and friends, and often a time when we turn our thoughts to […]Read more "Let Your Light Rise in the Darkness"
How much more “farm-to-school” can you get than having a farm at your school, right on campus? IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley have three campus farms that are producing fresh food that goes directly into the cafeteria. The farms also provide a chance for students to learn firsthand about agricultural production and […]Read more "A Fresh Idea: Bringing the Farm to School"
By Jadi Chapman, AmeriCorps VISTA and hunger programs specialist for Texas Hunger Initiative – Waco A few weeks ago I visited a senior center in Waco to learn more about difficulties the senior population of Waco might be facing. A man came up to me, shook my hand and said he was glad I was […]Read more "Hidden Hunger: Seniors in America"
AmeriCorps VISTAs do something almost counter-cultural in today’s fast-paced world of scurrying up the proverbial ladder to bigger paychecks and positions of power. They take a year–or a summer, depending on the program–of little pay, full-time hours and few vacations to put all of their focus and energy on making an impact in an area […]Read more "What can happen in a year…of service?"