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Waco, Texas


World Hunger Relief, Inc. established 1976.

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Waco, Texas


World Hunger Relief, Inc. established 1976.

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Farm Tours


Interactive tours tailored to your group's developmental levels and interests.

Farm Tours


Interactive tours tailored to your group's developmental levels and interests.

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For younger students: investigative Learning

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PLANTS & SEEDS

  • Identifying plants, stages of growth, and the needs of plants.
  • Comparing different seeds.
  • Discussing vegetables and food production.
  • Picking and tasting vegetables from the garden.

ANIMALS

  • Discussing and observing characteristics of goats, cows, rabbits, chickens, and worms.
  • Feeling the fur of different animals.

FOOD FROM ANIMALS & PLANTS

  • Discussing milk production from goats and observe a goat being milked when possible.
  • Picking and tasting vegetables from the garden.
  • Discussing and smelling various herbs.

for older students: exploratory learning

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ANIMALS & PLANTS

  • Discussing and observing characteristics, physiology, and function of farm animals.
  • Exploring relatedness and interdependence of animals on the farm.
  • Observing a goat being milked when possible.

SYSTEMS & CYCLES

  • Identifying stages of plant and animal growth and needs of the earth in maintaining those systems.
  • Comparing ecosystems and environmental conservation solutions such as composting.
  • Discussing cycles of growth, geological formation, weather and climate.

FOOD & HUNGER ISSUES

  • Explore issues of nutrition and health as they relate to food production and access.
  • Discuss implications of agriculture, food, and relevant issues of social and economic justice.
  • Discuss the difference between relief efforts and development work.

WHRI has tours tailored to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements for grades 1-6. We can customize farm visits to fit the curriculum, TEKS requirements, or learning objectives of any grade. Please consult the WHRI staff to plan your farm experience; this can include service projects, meaningful work experiences, and pre/post-visit interactions.

To get a better idea of what our school tours involve please visit Education Resources and download the grade appropriate tour curriculum. You will also be able to find links to additional educational resources that can help you and your students further explore gardens, food, compost, and much more!


community education tours

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Geared towards families, civic organizations and faith communities, these tours include information on the following topics:

  • Agriculture and the environment.
  • Lifestyles and their impact on the environment.
  • Life in developing countries.
  • Working models of principles taught in school science classes.
  • Nutrition.
  • Gardening, with an emphasis on organic and sustainable food production.
  • Composting and conservation of resources.
  • Rabbits, goats, and chickens.
  • Poverty and hunger.
  • Relief and development efforts.
  • Stewardship.

All our tours can be geared toward a particular topic of focus that interests your group and would make your visit to WHRI more valuable. Please don't hesitate to ask about any topic that interests you.

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School Gardening


Developing healthy, sustainable communities through the education and exploration of healthy, sustainable food systems.

School Gardening


Developing healthy, sustainable communities through the education and exploration of healthy, sustainable food systems.

 

mission & vision

The mission of the School Gardening Program at WHRI is to partner with local organizations in developing healthy, sustainable communities through the education and exploration of healthy, sustainable food systems. We also support the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition (HOT UGC) in many community wide initiatives.

Our vision for the School Gardening Program is to focus on our school gardens as a hub that connects us to the surrounding neighborhoods and broader Waco community. By focusing on our school gardens, we hope to expand the school gardening program to include more aspects of community development in the neighborhoods surrounding our pilot school(s).

partner schools

World Hunger Relief, Inc. has school gardening programs at J.H. Hines Elementary and Indian Springs Middle School. Through these programs, students discover how to grow and take care of both ornamental plants and food crops. These programs get the students involved in the garden with hands-on activities such as planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, watering plants, pulling weeds, harvesting vegetables, and composting yard waste. Students see science in action and learn life science essentials such as the needs of plants, the parts of a plant, and the process of photosynthesis. Gardening emphasizes many of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives across subject areas, and helps students improve health & diet habits, develop communication skills, understand food system issues, and practice good citizenship.


We partner closely with the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition in providing these gardening clubs. We receive financial support from the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, Cooper Foundation, Darden Foundation, Walmart Foundation, and Whole Kids Foundation. We are also a Waco ISD Partner in Education through their Adopt A School program.

 
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Service Learning


Living On The Other Side: a global poverty service learning program for youth and adults, educating participants and inspiring active responses to issues of global hunger and poverty.

Service Learning


Living On The Other Side: a global poverty service learning program for youth and adults, educating participants and inspiring active responses to issues of global hunger and poverty.

 

An estimated 1.02 billion people in the world go hungry. Each year, 3 million under-five children die because they are undernourished.

World Bank Group, 2008


 

There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, so why are people hungry?

This is an example of the type of probing question asked as a part of the Service Learning experience. Our enthusiastic staff is committed to educating participants about the causes and issues related to global hunger. These intersecting topics include poverty, issues affecting women and children, access to clean water, rural living, forced labor, global hunger awareness, and the impact of our lifestyle choices on our global neighbors.

More than just sitting and listening, participants learn through games, videos, skits, and engaging educational activities. They will also participate in the daily labor faced by struggling families in order to better understand what life is like for the millions of hungry people around the world. The format of the Service Learning program is designed for either an 8-hour experience, or a more comprehensive 24-hour overnight experience. Both programs can be modified to fit your group’s area of interest within the goals and objectives of the program.

This experiential program is ideal for:

  • Church youth groups
  • Adult church groups
  • Groups involved in short/long term mission trips
  • Youth clubs
  • Civic and community organizations
  • College clubs and organizations
  • Families

OTHER INFO

PROGRAM COST

8 hr. Experience $25/person

24 hr. Experience $50/person

Planning a multi-day or week-long trip? We can do that too. Groups may extend their experience for $15/person per day

BEFORE YOU COME

Skip at least one meal prior to your arrival. Food will be available to you throughout the weekend, but having skipped a meal is an important part of our opening activities. Bring one change of clothing (that can get dirty), sleeping bag, and hygiene items in one small backpack. No cell phones or electronic devices, please!

WANT MORE SPECIFICS?

For more details, sample schedules, and registration forms please download our 2013 LOTOS Packet.

sample activities

13 CENT BREAKFAST

Participants wrestle with the choices people in poverty are forced to make when buying food with limited resources.

WORLD MAP ACTIVITY

This activity visually and tangibly illustrates the distribution of population and resources around the world using our giant outdoor world map.

HUNGER MEAL

Participants engage the issue of hunger through an interactive meal that represents the meals eaten worldwide and the gap between rich and poor.

DINNER ON THE OTHER SIDE

Participants prepare and eat an entire meal simulating developing world conditions: harvesting vegetables, carrying water, harvesting wood for a fire, and slaughtering a chicken if they choose to eat meat.


To register or discuss, please contact localeducation@worldhungerrelief.org.

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Farm Camp


A summer camp for students entering Kindergarden up to 12 years old.

Farm Camp


A summer camp for students entering Kindergarden up to 12 years old.

 

It’s time to sign up for camp at World Hunger Relief farm! Your children will enjoy a variety of content that includes hands on lessons, games, cooking, bugs and much more!

We invite your children to learn about food, how to grow, how animals help us, the importance of composting and much, much more! Through hands on lessons, songs, crafts, games, cooking and activities, campers will have a week jam packed with experiential learning.

We are offering two weeks of half-day Farm Camp for children ages 4 ½ to completion of 7th grade.

June 19-23 Farm Fresh Pizza Week (Full)
July 10-14 Creepy Crawlers and Bugs Week

To Register, click here.

We also have scholarships available based on needs and open spaces. Fill out this application for consideration.


 

farm camp faqs

CAN I VISIT WHRI BEFORE FARM CAMP?

Absolutely! Please call our office and speak to Rebecca Mann about scheduling a visit.

IS LUNCH SERVED?

Lunch is an additional $10. 

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A FOOD ALLERGY OR MEDICAL CONDITION?

There is a place on the registration form where you can indicate food allergies and medical conditions. This will be closely monitored by Farm Camp staff. Medications will be checked in daily at our registration table, and administered by trained staff or volunteer. All medication needs to be labeled clearly with each camper’s first and last name. Your camper’s medication will be stored in a clearly marked container specified for his/her camp group.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?

Each day will consist of farm-related lessons, games, crafts, story-time, and activities. We will have planned breaks so the campers can rest.

WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY?

In the case of an emergency, we will have access to parent’s phone numbers as well as the emergency contact parents provide on the registration form.

WHAT WILL YOU DO IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER?

Camp staff has planned indoor activities in the case of inclement weather. Each group will have an assigned indoor space/classroom where they will continue their exciting Farm Camp experience.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BRING?

Campers should bring a small backpack with a water bottle, any medication they may need (medications will be turned in at the registration table daily), and sunscreen. All personal items should be clearly labeled with the camper’s name. All other supplies will be provided by WHRI.

WHAT IS APPROPRIATE DRESS?

All campers MUST wear closed toed shoes, cool clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, and if possible a hat. 

WHEN IS FARM CAMP?

We have two weeks of Farm Camp this year! The themes will be different so your kids will love to attend both!

June 19-23 Farm Fresh Pizza Week

July 10-14 Creepy Crawlers and Bugs Week

WHAT ARE THE TIMES?

Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm.

For an additional $10, your child can eat lunch on the farm and be picked up at 1:00pm.

HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE?

We will accept children 4 1/2 up to completion of 7th grade. Campers will be grouped according to the grade they are entering.

WHERE IS CAMP HELD?

World Hunger Relief, Inc.
356 Spring Lake Rd.
Waco, Texas 76705

HOW MUCH IS FARM CAMP?

Farm Camp is $140 ($150 with lunch). It includes a t-shirt, garden journal, and nutritious snacks.

WILL I GET MY FIRST CHOICE OF WEEKS?

Due to the limited space available for each week of camp, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice. However, we will do everything we can to accommodate your requests.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL OR CHANGE WEEKS?

If you cancel before June 1, you are eligible to receive a 50% refund. If it is after June 1, no refund will be offered. Week changes may be possible, dependent upon registration numbers.

WHAT IS FARM CAMP?

Farm Camp offers hands-on experiential learning about plants, animals and food. Campers will be trained in planting and tending a garden, caring for animals, and cooking nutritious food. They will be motivated to explore and learn more about the world around them through arts, crafts, games, and activities. Campers will be introduced to healthy nutritious snacks, and will learn more about where their food comes from.

WHO IS YOUR STAFF?

Our staff consists of our Service Learning Intern, Food Systems Interns, and local volunteers. The staff is supervised by Rebecca Mann, WHRI’s Business and Education Director.

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Veggie Prescriptions


Veggie Prescriptions


Fresh Produce prescription program

Farm Staff, Daniel Stewart, and Dr. Jackson Griggs of the Family Health Center unload boxes at the main clinic. 

Farm Staff, Daniel Stewart, and Dr. Jackson Griggs of the Family Health Center unload boxes at the main clinic. 

World Hunger Relief now partners with Family Health Center of Waco to provide one of the most basic medicines: healthy produce. Many of the diseases that inflict Americans the most like heart disease and diabetes are often linked with inadequate diets. One of the best things anyone can do for their health is to introduce more vegetables and fruits but this is often difficult for many people. Branching out to try new foods and new cooking methods is not easy, especially not on a busy schedule and limited budget. The Produce Prescription programs was designed to help doctors help their patients take a step in the right direction.

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At three Family Health Center clinics in Waco, doctors who decide their patients could benefit from the program are able to simply write a "prescription" for vegetables. The patients can then fill their prescription right there at the clinic! World Hunger Relief delivers boxes fresh boxes of produce twice a week. These boxes are filled with seasonal veggies and also include a card with a healthy, seasonal recipe written in both English and Spanish. 

We are so excited to be a part of this program! In the pilot program alone, we delivered thousands of boxes of produce to people who are excited about making positive lifestyle changes. We know our produce is sustainably grown, local, and as fresh as you can get in Waco. We also know this program is working! Families who have participated in the Fresh Produce Prescription Program have even started coming to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market ready to get more vegetables and continue eating healthy. We love our city and love the opportunity to share our harvest with our neighbors!

Providing so many vegetables has been quite a challenge! Production is way up in the garden and our interns and volunteers have worked incredibly hard to plant, weed, water, harvest, and package over 100 half bushel boxes every week in addition to everything we've grown for CSAs, Farmers Market, and ourselves! If you would like to be a part of this amazing program, consider giving time or money to help us keep growing!