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About the Fort Worth Office
The Texas Hunger Initiative's Fort Worth Regional Office exists to empower Fort Worth area residents to gain equal access to healthy food.
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Child Hunger Outreach Specialist
Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
The Tarrant County Food Policy Council’s (TCFPC) vision is for all individuals living in Tarrant County to have equitable access to healthy food.
The council is working to achieve this by building collaboration among all aspects of our community food system, bringing together the people, organizations and government and business leaders who can help create solutions to ensure equitable access to sufficient, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods for all members of our community and to advocate for local food policies that support this goal.
Strengthening our local food system will result in better food quality, improved health, and more economic opportunity for all County citizens. It can also lead to reduced waste and contribute to improved sustainability.
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, visit 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 Fort Worth 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 Marty Otero, THI - Fort Worth’s Child Hunger Outreach Specialist.
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