Texas Hunger Initiative
The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building and collaborative project, developed in the Baylor University School of Social Work, which seeks to develop and implement strategies to end hunger through policy, education, research, community organizing and community development. THI seeks to make the state food secure by ensuring that every individual has access to three healthy meals a day, seven days a week. THI convenes federal, state and local government stakeholders with non-profits, faith communities and business leaders to create an efficient system of accountability that increases food security in Texas. Along with its Central Office located within the Baylor University School of Social Work, THI has 12 regional offices located in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco.
McLennan County Hunger Coalition
McLennan County Hunger Coalition (MCHC) is a non-profit organization that collaborates with local pantries, businesses, congregations, food producers and individuals to enhance food security to people in this area. MCHC has been a leader in food rescue efforts with the Salvation Army and Baylor University Campus Kitchens and has been a strong advocate for participation by area children in the Summer Meals programs. It has strived to increase awareness of hunger issues through advocacy, alongside the Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition and the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition. The SNAP Outreach program, created by MCHC and operated at Caritas of Waco, helps many individuals and families complete paperwork and qualify for federal benefits including SNAP (food stamps) and other support programs.
To learn more about the McLennan County Hunger Coalition go to www.mclennanhunger.org/
Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County
The Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County (FPTF) was a diverse group of organizations, businesses, and individuals who came together to create a strategic plan to end hunger in McLennan County. The FPTF’s goal remains for McLennan County to achieve food security—defined as everyone having sustained access to nutritious food, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. The FPTF mobilized several work groups that created strategies that can help the community achieve such an ambitious goal.
To learn more about the Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County go to www.foodplanningtaskforce.org/
Food Research and Action Center (hunger, nutrition and poverty issues)
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. As Congress Daily has written, FRAC is “the premier anti-hunger group in Washington.” FRAC’s activities include:
- conducts research to document the extent of hunger, its impact, and effective solutions;
- seeks improved federal, state and local public policies that will reduce hunger and under-nutrition;
- monitors the implementation of laws and serves as a watchdog of programs;
- provides coordination, training, technical assistance and support on nutrition and anti-poverty issues to a nationwide network of advocates, service providers, food banks, program administrators and participants, and policymakers; and
- conducts public information campaigns to help promote changes in attitude and policies.
To learn more about the Food Research and Action Center go to www.frac.org/