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Farm Day seeks to dent hunger relief

Farm Day seeks to dent hunger relief
April 05
06:03 2013
Neil Miller (left) and Matt Hess (right) look over some of the spring crops in the new green house at the World Hunger Relief Inc. Hess was recently appointed executive director of the nonprofit, while Miller is stepping down from that role into a new position working with interns and international training efforts. (Waco Tribune-Herald via Associated Press)

Neil Miller (left) and Matt Hess (right) look over some of the spring crops in the new green house at the World Hunger Relief Inc. Hess was recently appointed executive director of the nonprofit, while Miller is stepping down from that role into a new position working with interns and international training efforts. (Waco Tribune-Herald via Associated Press)

By Larissa Campos
Reporter

The World Hunger Relief, Inc. will hold its annual Spring Farm Day Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the World Hunger Relief farm located at 356 Spring Lake Rd. in Waco.

According to its website, worldhungerrelief.org, World Hunger Relief, Inc.’s mission is to help those who struggle with food insecurity.

World Hunger Relief Inc. teaches employees and interns to raise vegetables and livestock in an attempt to promote sustainable farming techniques for communities in need.

The Spring Farm Day Festival is an annual event the organization puts on to give the public a little peek into what it does.

“World Hunger Relief has been around since 1976 but there’s still people in Waco that don’t know we exist,” said Kristi Pereira, education director for World Hunger Relief Inc.

“This is a chance for us to spread the knowledge of what our organization does and gain more supporters,” she said.

To kick off the day, the Ride for Relief bike ride will start at 8:30 a.m. The ride is just under 3 miles and is intended for families.

Pereira said World Hunger Relief, Inc. has ensured that the ride is safe, even for young children. Many of the roads traveled on will be closed and there will be police officers on site.

Outdoor Waco is offering discounted bike rentals specifically for the ride.

“The Ride for Relief is the biggest fundraiser for us at this festival,” Pereira said. “We got a big donor willing to match up to $10,000, so we are trying to get more people to sign up for the ride and raise as much as possible.”

The bike teams that raise the most money will receive prizes such as a house concert by Ryan Pickop, the number one folk music artist in Waco, foodscaping by Edible Lawns, water equipment rental from Outdoor Waco and an oil change and inspection by Kingdom Motor Werks.

You can register for the race at worldhungerrelief.org.

At the festival there will also be hayrides for families, a vendor village where local vendors sell their products, a petting zoo, walking tours and kids’ storytelling by Vivian Rutherford, a member of the McLennan County Library.

Hope Springs Water will also host a booth to promote its organization and raise money to support water well drilling all over the world.

At the Hope Springs Water booth, representatives will give out its own brand of water and educate the public on the problems associated with contaminated drinking water.

Hope Springs Water will also let the public participate in carrying jerrycans, water containers that hold 20 liters.

World Hunger Relief, Inc. is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to educating individuals about sustainable farming techniques and living simply.

The organization holds that these factors are the keys to alleviating world hunger.

“I’m not sure how much money this event brings in but its not only the monetary value that is important to us,” Pereira said. “It’s also the number of supporters we gain from it.”

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