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About the San Antonio Office
The Texas Hunger Initiative's San Antonio Regional Office exists to empower San Antonio area residents to gain equal access to healthy food.
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Regional Director, CPRI Specialist
Child Hunger Outreach Specialist
Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
Hunger Free San Antonio began with the work of Patti and Rod Radle, executive directors of Inner City Development. In March of this year, they showed a movie on the Westside, inviting everyone to come out and watch Hunger in America. The movie displayed the west side of San Antonio, and although it was filmed in 1968, many of the same problems still exist. After the showing, Mayor Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett both spoke of how things needed to change in their city, and many attendees signed up to join a coalition to fight hunger in the San Antonio area. This coalition focuses on helping people get access to food resources by looking at the root causes of hunger.
HFSA is structured with a chair, led by Stephanie Smith from the San Antonio Food Bank, and an Executive Board with the four facilitators of each committee, the coordinator, and four founding members of this group. This Executive Board helps to plan the general meetings, present options to the committee leaders, and plan for the future of this group. However, everything is presented at the bimonthly general meeting for a consensus from the group before the Executive Board moves forward.
Four committees are being developed to take on these areas: Health and Nutrition, Education, Employment, and Legislation/Policy. In the early planning stages, we are looking for more advocates. We are seeking people who wish to see change in their community, and have the knowledge and willingness to do so. We want to continually add to our numbers in order for more voices to be heard and different perspectives to be considered.If you would like more information about HFSA and the committees or upcoming meetings, please contact Adela Flores.
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In an effort to make it easier and more efficient for Texans to apply for and manage their benefits, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is partnering with community-based organizations to help people learn how they can get the most out of the HHSC's benefits application and management website, YourTexasBenefits.com.
HHSC has partnered with the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI), the Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) and Texas Impact to recruit and support Community Partners throughout Texas. These three organizations make up the CPRI Team. Team members are located across the state and are available to help your organization become a Community Partner and to answer questions about the program.
To support this effort, HHSC is building a statewide network of community-based organizations that can help people apply for and manage their HHSC benefits, including food, cash and medical assistance, online at HHSC’s YourTexasBenefits.com. This Community Partner Program (CPP) is a growing network of organizations trained and capable of teaching Texans how to put YourTexasBenefits.com to work for them.
Community Partners represent a wide range of nonprofit, faith-based, local and statewide community groups. As a Community Partner, your organization can work with HHSC to decide what level of service you can provide to your community. HHSC provides online training and certifies Community Partner staff and volunteers that complete the training. Your organization would also receive reports from HHSC showing how many people you are helping.
If you are interested in becoming a partner, contact Adela Flores or go directly to the CPP interest form to apply to become a Community Partner or visit TexasCommunityPartnerProgram.com to learn more about the program.
Our office reaches out to school districts across the area to discuss the importance of breakfast in the daily lives of students. Beyond that, we help school districts implement Universal School Breakfast programs and alternative breakfast delivery models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab-and-Go Breakfast.
For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months can stress tight food budgets. The USDA offers free meals to children age 18 and younger through the Summer Food Service Program to help alleviate some of this strain. The THI San Antonio Regional Office recruits new Summer Meal sites, helps sites develop and enhance activities offered, and creatively works to increase participation at Summer Meals sites.To learn more about the Summer Meals Program or to find a site near you visit, www.summerfood.org. You can also find your closest Summer Meals site by calling 211 or texting FOODTX to 877-877.
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.
To learn more about the ways we are addressing child hunger and to get involved as an individual or an organization, contact Desmian Alexander, THI - San Antonio’s Child Hunger Outreach Specialist.
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