San Angelo Regional Office

About the San Angelo Office
The Texas Hunger Initiative's San Angelo Regional Field Office exists to empower San Angelo area residents to gain equal access to healthy food.


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Contact Our Staff

Mary Herbert
Regional Director, CPRI Specialist
Mary_Herbert@baylor.edu

Betty Teston
Child Hunger Outreach Specialist
Betty_Teston@baylor.edu

Table of Contents

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Tom Green County Hunger Coalition
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Community Partner Recruitment Initiative
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Child Hunger Outreach | No Kid Hungry Campaign


Tom Green County Hunger Coalition
(Food Planning Association)


The Tom Green County Hunger Coalition (TGCHC) is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to making Tom Green County food secure. The mission of the Coalition is to empower Tom Green County residents to gain equal access to healthy food. The Tom Green County Hunger Coalition has more than 37 organizations represented from the civic, nonprofit, business and faith communities.

TGCHC works through seven focus groups: Community Gardens, School Meals, Summer Meals, Senior Meals, Health and Wellness, Food Assistance and Rural Outreach to:

  1. Increase access to federally funded programs to those who qualify
  2. Grow and provide access to healthy food (production-focused)
  3. Increase access to non-federally funded anti-hunger programs
  4. Decrease the number of food deserts and food swamps (access-focused)

The Coalition is led by a steering committee, which includes the chairs of each of the seven focus groups. All Coalition members also meet for monthly meetings. Once a year, the Coalition will hold a Hunger Summit to invite the entire San Angelo Region to learn about the activities of the Coalition and the ways they can be involved in ending hunger locally.

To learn more about how the Tom Green County Hunger Coalition Focus Groups work, upcoming meetings and events, and how you can get involved, visit the Tom Green County Hunger Coalition website at: sanangelohunger.org

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Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI)


The Community Partner Program is an initiative of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that assists community-based organizations in helping people apply for and manage their public benefits online via the HHSC web portal: www.YourTexasBenefits.com.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Texas are eligible for SNAP and other public benefits, but are not receiving them. Billions of dollars in available resources go unused.

In the San Angelo Region alone, millions of dollars in available resources to combat hunger and poverty are squandered because many families are not accessing these benefit programs.

Contact one of Texas Hunger Initiative’s San Angelo Regional CPRI Coordinator to learn how your organization can become a Community Partner to ensure that your clients or congregation members get signed up for all the benefit programs they are eligible for:

  • Tessa Rager: Tessa.Rager@texasimpact.org
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    Child Hunger Outreach/No Kid Hungry Campaign


    No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. We’re working to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. And we need your help to accomplish this in the San Angelo area!


    Here’s how we do it:


    School Breakfast


    Research demonstrates the importance of providing breakfast to children and youth. Children who eat a good breakfast tend to:

  • perform better in school;
  • have a better attendance record;
  • exhibit fewer behavioral problems;
  • develop healthy eating habits;
  • visit the school nurse less frequently; and
  • are less likely to be obese.


  • Despite the benefits of breakfast, for a variety of reasons, many families can't provide for their kids a healthy breakfast every morning. The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI), Share Our Strength’s lead partner for the Texas No Kid Hungry campaign works to help schools and school districts implement universal alternative breakfast programs. THI works in partnership with the USDA and Dairy MAX to reach out to superintendents and school nutrition directors in large school districts across the state and discuss the importance of the federal School Breakfast Program and innovative delivery models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom.


    Summer Meals


    For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months can be stressful and family food budgets have to be stretched even further.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free Summer Meals to kids across the San Angelo Region similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

    In addition, Kids Eat FREE is a summer meal program in Tom Green County that offers free lunch to children during July and August when the schools summer sites are not open. Churches, nonprofit organizations, businesses and many volunteers partner to provide meals at several locations in San Angelo and at one site in Carlsbad.

    These Summer Meals Programs can help families save money and stretch their already tight summer food budgets. Many Summer Meals sites, which are registered with the USDA, offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and hanging out with friends

    Families in all of North Texas can find free Summer Meals sites by going to www.summerfood.org, calling 211, or texting FOODTX to 877-877.

    What can you do to help ensure kids are fed when school is out for summer?
    Volunteer!!!

    Help get out the word through a coordinated effort to distribute information about free summer meals in your area, so that no child goes hungry!

    To help, contact Betty Teston with the Texas Hunger Initiative – San Angelo Regional Office at (325) 374-1443.


    Afterschool Meals


    Afterschool programs help to keep young people safe, help working families and inspire learning. These programs are also critical in providing many children with healthy, nutritious meals after school.

    For many of these children, that meal or snack they receive at their afterschool program is the last food they will have until a school breakfast the next morning.

    The federal Afterschool Meals Program funds afterschool meals and snacks year-round.

    THI is working to expand participation to ensure that all children have access to afterschool meals.

    If you know of an afterschool program that might be interested in providing federally-funded, free meals as part of their program, learn more by contacting Betty Teston, THI Child Hunger Outreach Specialist. Local government agencies, faith-based groups and private nonprofits are eligible.

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