HUNGRY MCKINNEY

-1 0% of McKinney residents are below the poverty line

- 9.8% of children in McKinney are below the poverty

- 7,600 children qualify for free and reduced meal programs.

-These kids often have less than 3 meals a day over weekends, holidays , summer & winter breaks.

- 36% of the homeless individuals counted are children  

- Food insecurity in Texas is higher than the national average.

- There has been a 70.2% increase in population in Collin County from 2000 to 2014 and the poverty rate has also increased by 2.7%.

PRODUCTION

We have a 5 acre farm we grow on. We grow in raised garden beds as well as in ground beds to maximize our production. We have raised beds and will expand to in ground beds, greenhouses, an orchard and hydroponics as we are able. We have organically grown fruit trees and berry bushes. We also have chickens that produce dozens of eggs a day. 

DISTRIBUTION

McKinney Roots supply the fresh produce directly to organizations and services that are feeding the above population. Our goal is to alleviate hunger and partner with these implemented programs to help nourish and feed a low income families. By supplying fresh produce, we are providing an opportunity for individuals and families to cook and eat a diet full of nutrients and minerals. It has been shown that children below the poverty line are sick more often (leading to tardiness) and struggles in classes due to poor nutrition. We partner with schools and supplement a child’s diet with fresh fruit and vegetable options.

THE TEAM

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Michelle McCarley

Founder

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Carissa Bleecker

Founder/Director - carissa@mckinneyroots.org

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Janice Hobbs

Volunteer Coordinator - janice@mckinneyroots.org