About Us

In the United States, we have the resources to bring an end to food insecurity. At THI, we work at the federal, state and local level to bridge the gap between the resources that exist and the people that need them most. We help increase access to existing programs, maximize the efforts of charities and volunteers, build collaboration to ensure community members are working together and strengthen all of this work with university research.

The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building, collaborative project dedicated to developing and implementing strategies to end hunger through policy, education, research, community organizing and community development. THI convenes federal, state and local government stakeholders with nonprofits, faith communities and business leaders to create an efficient system of accountability that increases food security in Texas.

At Baylor University our Christian faith, in conjunction with our expertise and resources, inspires a desire to address systemic problems facing our community, both local and global, and renews our dedication to improvement of self and service to others.

It’s not just about feeding every family in Texas. It’s greater than that. It’s about ending hunger in America. It’s about a quantifiable, evidence-based model to eliminate food insecurity for over 17 million American households. It’s about a capacity building initiative to provide states with the purchasing power and distribution network to systematically wipe out hunger. It’s about rethinking how we as a nation run our social assistance programs. It’s about a university at the forefront of poverty research. Where social science meets social responsibility. Where learning is magnified by doing. Where fact is energized by faith. And where the words “love thy neighbor," are not just words.