Feeding Minds

Texas PBS Stations take on Childhood Hunger and Obesity

“Feeding Minds” production aired February 2012 statewide

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Why and how do childhood hunger and obesity overlap and how does this issue affect Texans? Texas PBS stations took a look at these issues through the Texas Feeding Minds project in February 2012.

“Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity” is a 60-minute news-style documentary premiered on Texas PBS stations on February 23, 2012. Its purpose was to bring awareness to these overlapping issues and to share what government, community organizations and individuals are doing to combat them. The program was made possible by a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Viewers traveled around the state to seven Texas cities to see how their communities are addressing these problems and developing solutions.

Efforts being undertaken by state agencies, schools, food banks, congregations, community organizations and individuals are all highlighted. Stations contributing to this effort were: Austin/KLRU, Corpus Christi/KEDT, Public Media for North Texas/KERA, El Paso/KCOS, HoustonPBS/KUHT, Lubbock/KTTZ and San Antonio/KLRN. Amarillo/KACV at Amarillo College has served as the coordinator and producer of the program.

The Texas Feeding Minds project also included a community engagement effort which has given organizations and Texans of all ages the opportunity to share their own stories on this topic through a YouTube channel dedicated solely to the project: www.youtube.com/texasfeedingminds

Contributing stations include College Station/KAMU, El Paso/KCOS, Harlingen/KMBH and HoustonPBS/KUHT, with other stations also lending content as well. This online effort was possible because of a grant from Blue Bell Ice Cream.

The public is welcome to follow the Texas Feeding Minds project on Facebook: www.facebook.com/txfeedingminds

Texas PBS is comprised of 12 public television stations whose collective aim is to inspire community engagement and lifelong learning for all Texans.

For more information, please contact:

Kierstan Schwab                                       Cullen Lutz
Executive Director                                     Community Engagement Specialist
Texas Public Broadcasting Association         KACV/Amarillo
kschwab@texaspbs.org                         cullenlutz@gmail.com
512-413-4421                                          806-576-4480