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
Loretta_Landry@baylor.edu
Cell:(214) 367-3770

Wyonella Henderson-Greene


Coalition Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Wyonella_Henderson-Greene@baylor.edu
Cell:(214) 367-3771

Charlotte Johnson


Communications Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Charlotte_L_Johnson@baylor.edu
Cell:(214) 367-3769

Denise Grant


Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA
Denise_Grant@baylor.edu
Cell:(214) 367-3768

Catherine Gilman


Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA
Catherine.Gilman@texasimpact.org
Cell:(214) 367-3767

Tiffany Collins


Community Partner Recruitment Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA
Tiffany.Collins@texasimpact.org
Cell:(214) 367-3766

Table of Contents

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We're Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA!
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Helping Communities Address their Needs
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Change Systems to Strenthen Families
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Address Child Hunger Year-Round


We're Hiring AmeriCorps VISTA

Helping Communities Address Their Needs

Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions, our Food Planning Association (FPA)


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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Change Systems to Strengthen Families

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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    Addressing Child Hunger Year-Round

    Expansion of the School Breakfast 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.

    Expansion of the Summer Meals Program

    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 Dallas 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.

    Expansion of the Afterschool Meals Program

    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 Loretta Landry, THI - Dallas’s Child Hunger Outreach Specialist.

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