Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Texas Hunger Initiative opens regional office at Baptist Temple

Adela Flores (L) and Sara Marple (R) of Baylor School of
Social Work's Texas Hunger Initiative in San Antonio.

Texas is the nation's second hungriest state. The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) seeks to make Texas food secure by 2015. Feed security simply means having access to three nutritious meals a day. In Texas 18.5 percent of households do not have reliable access to three meals a day, compared with 14.7 percent of U.S. households

THI was started in 2009 by the Baylor School of Social Work and the Christian Life Commission and was recently awarded a $3.5 million contract to accomplish their goal. This funding has enabled them to open 12 regional offices (including the one at Baptist Temple).

Adela Flores is the San Antonio Regional Director and is a graduate of University of Texas with a Master of Public Health Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Also on the team is Sara Marple, a recent graduate of Texas Christian University and a Americorps VISTA volunteer. Sara is the Food Planning Association Coordinator for San Antonio. Two other team members will soon be identified.

We welcome THI to the family of churches and non-profits working at Baptist Temple to show God's love in tangible ways to our community and the world.

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