Did you know that food banks across the country work closely with libraries, schools and other community organizations? This month as we are giving thanks with loved ones, we are encourged to remember those in need. Feeding America is a great organization that assists families with efforts. Look up centers in your area and let's make a difference together!
“You have no idea what this means for our family,” said one parent. “Summer [is] so hard—now I know I’ll have something in the fridge for the next week.” This is just one of many families that don’t have to worry about food thanks to The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. These organizations began working together because they both have a large presence in eastern Oklahoma and strong relationships with many local families. Today, they are providing meals and groceries to households in need through several programs, including free family farmers markets. In recent months, the farmer's markets have put food into the hands of more than 1,300 children and 1,000 adults—equating to roughly 16,000 pounds of groceries. Many struggling households that may have been unable to have dinner together now have the groceries they need to enjoy a family meal. The food bank and the YMCA plan to reach even more Oklahomans facing hunger in order to bring more families together for dinner.
You may think of libraries as places that provide books and encourage reading, but some of them also help food banks reach hungry children. Libraries have made it possible for Northern Illinois Food Bank to reach kids in need like Leo (pictured). Well-organized and passionate about serving their communities, several libraries lend a hand by distributing food from the food bank. Today, hungry children and families are getting meals through library programs like bookmobiles, which make stops in high-need neighborhoods to promote reading and provide meals or bags of groceries. Libraries are also hosting summer family markets, which provide free groceries to families in need and free lunches for kids so they don’t have to skip meals during the summer months.
Sometimes partnerships are developed after a disaster hits a community. Last fall, many people impacted by the season’s brutal hurricanes came to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida for help. Following Hurricane Maria’s destruction, some Puerto Rican families made the difficult decision to move to the U.S. mainland to get back to work and needed support during the transition. Florida communities hit by Hurricane Irma also needed a helping hand to get back on their feet. To quickly respond to growing local needs, the food bank reached out to schools in their community to see if they could open food pantries on campus, but they kept hearing that there just wasn’t enough space. Finally, a solution emerged: The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that helps reintegrate veterans into their communities through volunteering, offered to deploy their volunteers to create portable food pantry units (pictured). That way, schools could provide food pantries to low-income students without permanently giving up classroom or storage space. Eight schools opened food pantries that distributed 25,000 pounds of food this past school year. Nine more schools have since signed up to offer food pantries to their students for the first time. By working with both local schools and nonprofits, the food bank is providing food to many more students and families as they continue to recover from last year’s brutal hurricanes.
Are you ready for some Baylor Football?! It’s almost college football season, which means spending upcoming weekends watching and cheering on our Bears! While playing football might not be everyone’s cup of tea, football season is nothing without game day food!
When prepping for a tailgate, let’s face it, it’s all about the food. For large groups small bites usually work best – Think appetizers, dips, miniature items, and desserts.
While the Bears are Waco favorites, below are some crowd pleaser game day recipes! Grab some friends, gather around the game, and SIC EM!
High school graduation seems like it was yesterday. From tassel flipping to cap tossing culminating what seemed to be the longest 4 years of your life. Now on to living life abundantly with your best friends all summer long. Staying up all night curfew free. It’s 2am on a Tuesday night and your Fortnight squad is dominating. No parents asking if you’re done with your homework, no alarm clock to worry about waking you up at 6:15am, not a care in the world. Life couldn’t be any sweeter. Then it hits you… reality sets in. You realize that your first day of college is right around the corner and suddenly a feeling of terror slowly takes over your body. You feel yourself going numb from your toes and slowly climbing up your entire being. It’s almost as if you are paralyzed just at the thought of how your first semester will go. Am I even smart enough for college? What if I hate my roommate? What should I wear? Am I going to make friends? And the list goes on.
You’re not alone. There are hundreds of other first year students at Baylor, TSTC, and MCC that share the very same fear. In fact, there are students at home right now thinking of an excuse to tell mom and dad so they can play hooky on the first day of school. We all have been there, I promise. However, what that fear fails to tell you is some of our most blissful moments are found on the other side of terror.
The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. – Will Smith
Some of the best moments in your life await you the moment you step foot in Waco. Yes, you’re coming into a new environment around people you have never seen before in your life. But don’t think of it as the first day of school, think of it as the first day of the rest of your life. Just make sure you live your best life. Your best memories are waiting for you to make them and just in case you need help preparing, here are a few tips to help you conquer some of the most common fears freshman face their first year.
We can’t wait to see you and remember
13 Common College Freshmen Fears and How to Conquer Them