The Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University has received a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the university announced this week.
The grant will fund child-nutrition programs and university-based research, along with new Hunger Free Coalitions meant to bolster the Texas Hunger Initiative’s eight state offices.
“[The Walmart Foundation] enjoys funding innovation, and that’s something that we have tried to be on the forefront of,” Jeremy Everett, Texas Hunger Initiative’s executive director, said.
Everett’s team takes a research-based approach to solving hunger in Texas, and field staffers throughout the state implement resulting programs and policies.
After those strategies are researched, Everett said, policy recommendations are made to Congress.
“You have the federal and state government working more closely together, local communities working more closely together, faith communities working with school districts—you name it,” Everett said. “The result has been extraordinary—increased food for families all across the state—but it has also resulted in massive savings for bureaucratic spending for state and federal government.”