TACORAMA and Latino Forum to Address Hunger in Austin


Southwest Key is excited to be part of LatinoMetro’s weeklong fiesta called TACORAMA May 5-12, 2012 to raise awareness of hunger in the Latino community while celebrating Latino heritage, culture, music, art and…tacos!

Our Ballet Folklorico students will perform Saturday, May 5 at 12:30 pm at TACORAMA for Cinco de Mayo with free food, refreshments, music and activities for children at the MACC  (600 River Street).

UPDATE MAY 7, 2012: Councilman Mike Martinez will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s forum on hunger featuring Southwest Key’s own Val Gomez and other experts on Latino hunger in Austin.

On Tuesday, May 8 from 6-8 p, Southwest Key’s East Austin Children’s Promise coordinator, Val Gomez, will speak on a panel of experts at a Town Hall Meeting focused on hunger in the Latino community.  You can find more at www.LatinoMetro.com/tacorama.

From the  press release:

A panel of experts at the Latino Forum and Town Hall Meeting will discuss ways of raising awareness of hunger in the Latino community. The event is free and open to the public and will include community leaders, elected officials, anti-hunger activists, and representatives of the media. The Forum will cover topics such as food insecurity among Latino elderly, SNAP outreach, nutrition and wellness, childhood obesity and other issues.

The audience will then participate in a question and answer session with panelists and speakers, including:  Laura Esparza, Emma S. Barrientos MACC, Kathy Green, Sr. Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Capital Area Food Bank, Val Gomez, East Austin Children’s Promise Coordinator at Southwest Key, Victor Azios, Executive Director, El Buen Samaritano,  Jeremy Everett, Director, Texas Hunger Initiative, and Karen Patyk, Program Manager, Hunger Impact Area, AARP Foundation.

Thanks to the great folks at LatinoMetro for organizing an exciting line-up of this week to raise awareness about Latino hunger.  Latinometro is a new website from the publishers of LATINO Magazine. Launched during SXSW Interactive, it aims to be the digital hub of Latino life in Austin.  Check it out at www.latinometro.com.


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