Hunger is the topic of discussion at the IDEA Forum Thursday at the New Braunfels Food Bank | Community alert

Hunger education will be the topic of discussion at Thursday’s general meeting of the IDEA Forum.

The meeting will be held at the New Braunfels Food Bank, located at 1620 S. Seguin Ave., beginning with light refreshments from 6-6:30 p.m. and followed by the 6:30-7:30 p.m. meeting, which will cover topics such as the multiple food resources available in New Braunfels, as well as volunteer opportunities for the whole family during the holiday season.

Representatives from the New Braunfels Food Bank, SOS Food Bank, Salvation Army, Steve’s Pantry and the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation are expected to speak about their activities.

Alice Jewell, CEO of the McKenna Foundation, said the IDEA Forum seeks to broaden the scope of diversity in New Braunfels to ensure that a wide variety of voices are heard or represented, particularly in the area of ​​basic needs.

“Accessibility to nutritious food for all is a critical component in every community,” Jewell said. “Fortunately, we have a number of local non-profit organizations that are active in this space providing a range of options from food that people can cook at home to prepared meals that can be enjoyed in company. other people. We invite the community to learn about these opportunities so they can take advantage of them, share the information with their neighbors, or become active volunteers and advocates for the expansion of these resources.

Bishop Michael Franklin, a member of the IDEA Forum steering committee and president of the New Braunfels MLK Association, said hunger is a critical topic in a community that is growing as rapidly as New Braunfels.

“We need to educate ourselves about hunger and poverty, not just within our community, but within the nation and the state,” Franklin said. “As far as our families and residents in our community are concerned, we know that people with low incomes are less likely to be able to afford healthy food on a regular basis. They just need help.

Short for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Awareness, the IDEA Forum examines racial, economic and social inequalities in New Braunfels while promoting dialogue and cooperation among residents and developing solutions for a lasting understanding of all groups within the community.

For more information on the IDEA Forum and future events, visit www.nbideaforum

Jessica C. Bell