Partnership Spotlight: Texas Hunger Initiative

Description:

This Next Talk will feature Jeremy Everett, Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative.  During the talk, Jeremy will share the mission of the Initiative and talk about strategies used to accomplish the mission.  Most importantly, we will talk about ways in which AgriLife Extension can partner with THI to impact food insecurity in the state.

About the 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 develops and implements strategies to end hunger through policy, education, research, community organizing and community development. THI works 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.

Presenter Bio:

Jeremy Everett is the founding Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) which is a capacity building project within the Baylor University School of Social Work and a partner of the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, and Share our Strength that seeks to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through policy, education, community organizing, and community development. THI organizes coalitions across the state to ensure access to healthy food for all Texans. Presently THI has coalitions representing 48% of the population of Texas which have resulted in millions of additional meals being served to Texas children since its beginning.

Jeremy has worked for international and community development organizations as a teacher, religious leader, community organizer, fundraiser, and organic farmer. He frequently delivers presentations to churches, non-profit organizations, universities, and the government sector on the subjects of poverty, community development and organizing, hunger, and social entrepreneurship. Jeremy regularly writes for the Huffington Post and has been featured on PBS documentaries and talk shows such as Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity. Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University. He is the co-author of “Advancing Childhood Food Security Through Organizing Strategies.”