The Texas Hunger Initiative has acquired 15 VISTA associates who will begin their service immediately and serve through August 16th in 7 Texas communities (Del Rio, San Angelo, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, McAllen, and Waco). The VISTAS primary responsibilities will be increasing participation in the summer meals feeding program through community organizing, outreach, and capacity building. They will serve directly under churches or non-profit organizations including Daily Bread, Stewpot, CitySquare, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, and the Tom Green County Hunger Initiative.
Through the National Corporation of Community Service THI has been able to allocate close to $24,000 to the summer associate program. In addition a partnership with Share Our Strength has provided another $30,000 in mini-grants to local community partners as well as provided promotional banners, posters, and fliers for the Summer Meal sites.