This morning I attended the first official meeting of the San Angelo Food Planning Association. This group is the grass roots component of the Texas Hunger Initiative begun by Baylor University's School of Social Work and the Baptist General Convention of Texas' Christian Life Commission. While the impetus for the group has been Baptist organizations, the effort to end hunger in Texas by 2015 will obviously require a state wide effort from a number of fronts. We're already seeing that here in San Angelo. It was exciting to be in the room with such capable and caring people from SAISD, the area Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Club, various food bank ministries, and a number of other churches. It's exciting to think what might happen from this group.
The first goal is to increase the number of children participating in summer feeding programs. Did you know that in Texas 9.3 million children receive free or reduced meals at school? In the summertime, that number drops to 1.9 million children. That leaves 7.4 million children food insecure during the summer months. In San Angelo, 8,000 students are fed during the school year while only 2,500 are fed during the summer months. What would it take to feed the other 5,500 children this summer?