San Antonio Regional Office

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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Adela Flores

Regional Director, CPRI Specialist

Desmian Alexander

Child Hunger Outreach Specialist

Lowell Butler

Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA

Table of Contents

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Hunger Free San Antonio
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Community Partner Recruitment Initiative
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Child Hunger Outreach | No Kid Hungry Campaign

Hunger Free San Antonio
(Food Planning Association)

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 Sara Marple, THI HFSA Coordinator, at or 210-533-7114.

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Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI)

CPRI 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:

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 Antonio 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 THI - San Antonio's CPRI Coordinator to learn how your organization can become a Community Partner to ensure that your clients or congregation members get signed up for the benefit programs they are eligible for:

  • Desmian Alexander:
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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 Antonio 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 Antonio Region similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

    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 the San Antonio Region can find free Summer Meals sites by going to, calling 211, or texting FOODTX to 877-877.

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

    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!

    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.

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