food insecurity

Poverty Series: Buddy Edwards and Shamethia Webb

Nov 21, 2014
Brodie Bashaw, KWBU News

This month we’re taking a look at poverty in Waco--about 30 percent of Wacoans live below the poverty line, that’s about double the state’s poverty rate. And one of the biggest ways that poverty affects the lives of Wacoans is food insecurity. This week we talk with Buddy Edwards, the executive director of Caritas in Waco, and Shamethia Webb, the regional director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, a non-profit based at Baylor that addresses hunger issues across the state.

 

The Texas Hunger Initiative closed out its three day hunger and poverty summit at Baylor University with a talk with Joaquin Castro moderated by Baylor President Ken Starr.


Jill Ament

Bell's Hill Elementary school in Waco is getting high-needs students to eat healthier and learn about where their food comes from. Today a U.S. Department of Agriculture administrator stopped by to tour the school and check out the school’s lunch program. 


Ryland Barton / KWBU News

We at KWBU News have been doing a bunch of stories about food insecurity in Waco lately and one of the things we keep coming back to is food deserts. Basically, there just aren’t any grocery stores in central Waco—you’ve pretty much got to have a car to get to one. Pretty much got to have a car…you could also ride the bus. So that had us thinking…what’s it like for people who ride the bus to the grocery store?


A food pantry in the heart of North Waco is taking a different approach to feeding the thousands they see coming through their doors throughout the year. And as KWBU’s Jill Ament explains, less is more in creating produce with aquaponics.