4.2 million Texans are food insecure, including nearly 1 out of every 4 children. Addressing hunger is complex, and knowing how to engage is difficult. We all have some of the tools necessary to alleviate hunger, but none of us have all the tools. This is where the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) comes in. As a project of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, THI conducts university-based research to determine what interventions work, and provides the support and expertise to coordinate work in communities and put those programs into action.

THI has offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Angelo, and Waco.


What We Do

Support Child Nutrition Programs. Child nutrition programs are an essential way to ensure children have access to three healthy meals a day. Unfortunately, these programs are often underutilized. The Texas Hunger Initiative provides the expertise, support, and planning to help organizations increase capacity and participation in their programs. Learn more.

Build coalitions. Communities across the state are full of individuals doing great work to reduce food insecurity but often these individuals and organizations are working in silos, doing their own projects and having an impact but not connecting with others who have a stake in tackling this problem. We bring stakeholders together and facilitate collaboration to find collective solutions to food insecurity. Learn more.