Senior organizes race to fight area hunger


Madisonville students are preparing for the Mustangs Against Hunger 5K on Saturday to raise funds for the district’s backpack program, which provides food items to kids at risk of going hungry over the weekend.

Organized by MHS senior Jewel Smith, the race is open to the public for $25. It begins at 9 a.m. at the high school.

“So far the response has been really positive,” Smith said.

Smith was selected earlier this year as one of 10 students in the state to join Texas FFA Ford Leadership Scholars. The scholarship program requires participants to launch a project that is specific to the needs of their community – which is how Mustangs Against Hunger took shape.

Funds from the 5K will go to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, which prepares bags for elementary- and intermediate-aged kids to take home over the weekend. The bags include things like canned goods, pudding and chips, Smith said. She was unsure how many children participate in the program but said the need is great.

“People should be aware of this,” she said. “It is prevalent in our community.”

Smith, who graduates next month, said she hopes another student will continue to organize the fundraiser so the project continues.

“It’s something I really think can benefit our community,” she said.

Participants can register at or contact Smith at