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|About the Lubbock Office
The Texas Hunger Initiative's Lubbock Regional Office exists to empower residents across the South Plains to gain equal access to healthy food.
|Contact Our Staff
Regional Director, Child Hunger Outreach Specialist
Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
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|Community Partner Recruitment Initiative|
|Child Hunger Outreach | No Kid Hungry Campaign|
|AmeriCorps VISTA Internships|
Our regional office works toward a hunger-free Lubbock by assessing needs and establishing suitable collaborations. Our Neighborhood Guide to Food and Assistance, provides an in-depth overview of food resources in the South Plains. (Take a look at the interactive version of the Lubbock Food Assistance map here.) Another part of our work involves coordinating volunteer resource projects. Examples of available volunteer opportunities include helping Texans navigate benefits applications, supervising and working in various community gardens around town, cleaning computers that provide benefits application access, and designing graphics to provide a visual of Summer Meals locations. Our volunteers have the opportunity to serve with a variety of neighborhoods and organizations around Lubbock, and we work to match different skill sets with creative outlets to increase food access. Our current list of volunteer opportunities can be found at the Lubbock Volunteer Center as well as HungerVolunteer.org.
For further information about how you can join with us to work toward a hunger-free Lubbock, please contact Kelsey Hilton.
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The Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (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: www.YourTexasBenefits.com.
In Lubbock County, 43,830 residents are food insecure. Many of those families may be eligible for but not currently receiving benefits. In the South Plains area, around $75 million dollars allotted for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) went unused because many families are not accessing these benefit programs. Community Partners hope to link those families with available resources by providing convenient locations for residents to apply for public benefits. To see a current list of existing Community Partners around the South Plains, use the search feature tool at the Texas Community Partner page.
Contact a member of the CPRI Regional Team to learn how your organization can become a Community Partner.
CPRI Regional Team
|Stephana Villarreal||Texas Impact|
|Andres Pedroza||Texas Association of Community Health Center|
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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 Lubbock area!
Despite the benefits of breakfast, for a variety of reasons, many families can't provide a healthy breakfast for their kids 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. Several districts across the South Plains serve Breakfast in the Classroom or Breakfast in the Hallway.
For more information about School Breakfast Expansion, contact Kelsey Hilton.
For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months can be stressful as family food budgets have to be stretched even further.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free Summer Meals to kids across the Lubbock Region similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, except meals are free to all kids that come to a registered Summer Meals site.
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 across the South Plains can find free Summer Meals sites during the summer time by going to www.summerfood.org, calling 211, or texting FOODTX to 877-877.
Last year, Lubbock County hosted more than 30 meal sites. However, the Summer Meals participation rate hovers around 8 percent. To increase the participation rate in Lubbock County, once every two months, Summer Meals sponsors, site managers, and community advocates convene to discuss strategies for increasing access to and participation in Summer Meals. If you are interested in sharing your ideas with this forum, please contact Grace Norman.
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.
Currently, students participating in 66 afterschool care programs in the Lubbock area receive either a meal or a snack. 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 Grace Norman, THI Child Hunger Outreach Specialist. Local government agencies, faith-based groups and private nonprofits are eligible.
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Kelsey Hilton, our NYCCAH Field Organizer, hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2013 with a degree in psychology and minors in math and computer science. She can name every community garden in Lubbock off the top of her head. Kelsey compiled the neighborhood assistance guide and enjoys collecting stories from those in need at St. John's. She has great discernment in local barbeque joints.
Stephana Villarreal, also a Texas Impact CPRI Coordinator, is from Lockney, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University (Go Raiders!) in 2013 with a degree in Communication Studies. Stephana has travelled to almost every small town in the counties immediately adjacent to Lubbock County and is a wealth of information about Plainview trivia. Her impressive navigation skills ensure that the THI Lubbock office is never lost when the GPS loses satellite reception in small rural towns.
Wes Gaddie, our NYCCAH Field Organizer for the 2014-2015 year, is from Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in 2014 with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Museum Studies. He enjoys going to the farmer’s market and playing the guitar.
Joseph Saahene served in our regional office during the summer of 2013. He will graduate from Texas Tech University in May 2014 with a degree in Agricultural Communications. During his time at THI, his basketball skills and friendly nature made him famous with the children at almost every community center in Lubbock. He also worked with CitiBus to create a map showing the locations for Summer Meals along the bus routes. After graduation, Joseph plans to intern with Elanco.
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