Dallas Regional Office

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

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Contact Our Staff

Marc Jacobson

Regional Director, CPRI Specialist Marc_Jacobson@baylor.edu
Cell:(214) 367-3765

Loretta Landry

Child Hunger Outreach Specialist
Cell:(214) 367-3770

Wyonella Henderson-Greene

Coalition Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Cell:(214) 367-3771

Charlotte Johnson

Communications Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Cell:(214) 367-3769

Denise Grant

Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA
Cell:(214) 367-3768

Catherine Gilman

Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA
Cell:(214) 367-3767

Tiffany Collins

Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA
Cell:(214) 367-3766

Table of Contents

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Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions
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Community Partner Recruitment Initiative
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Child Hunger Outreach | No Kid Hungry Campaign

Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions
(Food Planning Association)

The Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions (DCHS) is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to making the Dallas area food secure. The mission of the Coalition is to empower Dallas area residents to gain equal access to healthy food. DCHS is chaired by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and has more than 80 organizations represented from the civic, nonprofit, business and faith communities.

DCHS works through five Action Teams:
  1. Child Hunger
  2. Senior Hunger
  3. Faith Community Hunger Solutions
  4. Urban Agriculture
  5. Neighborhood Organizing

The Coalition is led by a Leadership Team, which includes the chairs of each of the four Action Teams. All Coalition members also meet quarterly at General Assembly meetings. Once a year, the Coalition holds a Hunger Summit to invite the entire Dallas community to learn about the activities of the Coalition and the ways they can be involved in ending hunger locally.

The Coalition has developed a Hunger Solutions for the Faith Community guide that presents six sustainable initiatives that congregations can undertake to have a significant impact on reducing hunger. Click here to find out more and download the guide.

To learn more about how the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions Action Teams work, upcoming meetings and events, and how you can get involved, visit the DCHS website site at dallashungersolutions.org or contact Wyonella Henderson-Greene

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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: 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 Dallas Region alone, hundreds of 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 Dallas-area CPRI Coordinators 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:

  • If you are located north of I-635, contact Tiffany Collins: Tiffany.Collins@texasimpact.org
  • If you are located north of I-30 but south of I-635, contact Catherine Gilman: Catherine.Gilman@texasimpact.org
  • If you are located south of I-30, contact Denise Grant: Denise_Grant@baylor.edu
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    Child Hunger Outreach/No Kid Hungry Campaign

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

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

    The Dallas Summer Meals Sponsor Council launched in November of 2013 with the task of diligently working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Summer Meals Program in the Dallas area, in order to ensure healthy summer meals for every child. This Council, a joint venture of THI's Dallas Regional Office and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, draws upon a myriad of best practices and business techniques to better equip each sponsor with tools for success, while offering a collaborative environment for open dialogue. The Council welcomes sponsors of all sizes to participate and represent the vital role they play in the Summer Meals program.

    To learn more about Summer Meals and the Summer Meals Sponsor Council, contact Loretta Landry with the Texas Hunger Initiative's Dallas Regional Office at (214) 367-3770.

    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 Loretta Landry, THI Child Hunger Outreach Specialist. Local government agencies, faith-based groups and private nonprofits are eligible.

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