The Hunger Free Texan's mission is keeping members of the public well by reducing hunger and increasing health and nutrition in Texas through collective impact and education.
Hunger Free Texans (HFT) is the largest educator of food, food access and food insecurity information in Texas. HFT also works as a leader and change agent at the macro level to address systemic issues in these sectors to include community nutrition and healthy communities.
As the state’s lead umbrella organization, HFT educates over 1200 diverse public and private sector organizations each year. Our education focuses on the connection between food, food access, a healthier diet and health outcomes. We bring in the topic experts, create the agendas, and convene organizations that serve the public good. Our core education is provided through free regional conferences held across the state each year. HFT also convenes, connects and educates individuals and organizations that serve the public on the latest news, information, best practices and research from across the state and nationally. As Texas’s premier leader in Healthy Communities, HFT hosts (TKOCH) the largest Healthy Communities conference in Texas and Southwest U.S. and Farmers Market University (FMU) a program presented by HFT and the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO Texan Program. FMU provides farmers market education, technical assistance and research to farmer’s market managers seeking to start, enhance or sustain their markets. FMU also provides supplemental education on community gardens, urban gardens and school gardens.
Hunger Free Texan's statewide strategy is a holistic strategy of cross sector convening, collaboration and education. The result of HFT’s strategy statewide and locally is cross sector collaboration and positive relationships, meaningful communication and information sharing, better coordination of services for the public and effective partnerships between organizations with similar goals. This cross sector collaboration creates positive synergy and helps to design a better roadmap for holistic services, builds healthier communities and ultimately creates a healthier Texas.
Founded in January of 2012, Hunger Free Texans (HFT) provides collective impact synergy around the pressing issues of food access/food insecurity, better nutrition and overall wellness. Hunger Free Texans believes that lasting, meaningful impact can only be made through macro level collaboration, education and information sharing.
Hunger Free Texans began as a hunger and health coalition in Jan 2012 and convened its first regional conference in in March 2012 in Houston, Texas. The coalition of nonprofits and other vested community stakeholders began with 50 organizations. Today, over 2000 organizations have subscribed or attend our conferences on a regular basis.
Hunger Free Texans officially formed in May 2014 as a nonprofit corporation recognized by the State of Texas. I2fInstitute for Holistic Living, a tax exempt organization, is currently Hunger Free Texan's fiscal sponsor until Hunger Free Texans receives its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS.
Hunger Free Texans
Houston, TX 77029
2012: Regional Conferences Created-Addresses lack of communication between organizations that serve the public in the areas related to food, food access, food insecurity and community nutrition.
2014: Healthy Communities Conference Created-Address lack of knowledge in building healthier communites by bringing in a diverse cross sector of public and private organizations for the first time in Texas.
2016: Farmers Market University Created- Addresses need for more farmers markets in Texas and increasing healthy food access. Curriculum developed to start, enhance or sustain farmers markets. FMU provides technical assistance and research.
2016: Operation Screen Texas Created-Addresses need to screen all individuals and families for food insecurity in healthcare and non-healthcare settings statewide using a screening tool and single pathway referral method.
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HFT is governed by a Board of Directors and seeks input and advisement from a steering committee of the community. Currently, these organizations are: United Healthcare, Memorial Hermann, City of Houston, Harris County Community Services, Houston Independent School District, I2Finstitute for Holistic Living, University of Houston, Life Houston, Area Agency on Aging and Northwest Assistance Ministries.
Hunger Free Texans is the largest educator of food, food access and food insecurity information in Texas.. We educate over 1200 diverse public and private sector organizations each year. Our education focuses on the connection between food, food access, a healthier diet and health outcomes. We bring in the topic experts, create the agendas, and convene organizations that serve the public good. This education is provided through free regional conferences held across the state each year. We also host the largest Healthy Communities conference in the Southwest.U.S.
Food, Nutrition, & Healthy Communities