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Abstract

This paper focuses on a project developed in Texas that utilizes community organizing strategies to advance childhood food security. With a dual focus on organizing policymakers and local communities, The Texas Hunger Initiative provides an example of an organizing project with the goal of ending childhood food insecurity in Texas.

Author Biography

Jon Singletary, PhD, MDiv, MSW, is the Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Studies in the Baylor School of Social Work. He holds the Diana R. Garland Chair in Child and Family Studies. He is co-founder of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative. Before coming to Baylor, he served as a Mennonite pastor and a community organizer addressing hunger and homelessness in Richmond, VA. He received his MDiv from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most important to his journey are the relationships with his wonderful wife, Wendi, and with his four children, Haden, Harper, Ainsley and Abbott.

Jeremy Everett is the Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative, which is a capacity building project within the Baylor School of Social Work. He has worked for international and community development organizations as a teacher, religious leader, community organizer, fundraiser, and organic farmer. Jeremy earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University. Jeremy is married to Amy Miley Everett and they have two boys, Lucas and Sam.

Erin Nolen is the undergraduate assistant for the Texas Hunger Initiative. Erin coordinates student involvement with hunger issues on the Baylor campus. She is a senior social work student and is hoping to get her Masters of Social Work next year. She is passionate about social justice and desires to work holistically with individuals, churches, and communities to empower all people.

Responses to this Article:

Tony P. Hall, The Promise of the Texas Hunger Initiative (February 2012)