Speaker of the House appoints Jeremy Everett to National Commission on Hunger

Jeremy Everett, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, has been appointed to serve on the National Commission on Hunger. (Matthew Minard/Baylor Marketing & Communications)


Established by Congress in January 2014, the National Commission on Hunger is charged with providing policy recommendations to Congress regarding programs and funds to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity. The Commission also will develop recommendations to encourage public-private partnerships, faith-based sector engagement and community initiatives to reduce the need for government nutrition assistance programs, while protecting the safety net for the most vulnerable members of society.

“This is the first time Congress has appointed a Commission to address hunger, and I feel both honored to be chosen by Congress for the Commission and a sense of responsibility to those living with hunger and in poverty to ensure a better quality of life for all Americans,” Everett said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Texas Hunger Initiative and Baylor University to put flesh onto Pro Futuris’ mission to address systemic social problems in our world today. What better first step, than to work to ensure that all people have enough to eat.”

“We congratulate Jeremy Everett on his Congressional appointment to serve on the National Commission on Hunger,” said Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Baylor. “This recognition is a credit to his exemplary leadership of the Texas Hunger Initiative and his passion for addressing hunger from both the policy and grassroots levels. At its very core, this is a model of ‘Informed Engagement’ from our Pro Futuris strategic vision, where our Christian faith, along with our expertise and resources, inspires us toward solving local and global problems, like food insecurity.”

The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building and collaborative project, developed in the Baylor School of Social Work, which develops and implements strategies to end hunger through policy, education, research, community organizing and community development.

THI actively convenes federal, state and local government stakeholders with nonprofits, faith communities and business leaders to create an efficient system of accountability that increases food security in Texas. Along with its central office located within the Baylor School of Social Work, THI has 12 regional offices located in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco.

(source: Baylor University Media Communications)