These meals were delivered between March of 2020 through August of 2020 when the lockdowns were at their most stringent and many people were out of work due to their jobs being deemed “unessential” by various state and local governments.
The program’s executive director, Jeremy Everett told Baptist News Global that he decided to do a collective partnership as opposed to organizing the initiative alone because “Hunger and poverty are too big for any one organization to address. This is going to take our best and brightest leaders and our most engaged activists and churches and nonprofits to address.”
According to a press release from Baylor University, Collaborate on Hunger and Poverty is partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and PepsiCo, in addition to other major public and private organizations. And those partnerships really paid off, as those meals went to over 127,000 households.
As Everett stated, “In this unprecedented time of so much need, children in rural areas can be among the most vulnerable. Without access to school lunch programs, public transportation and other resources, households in some of the country’s hardest-hit communities were left scrambling for ways to replace much-needed meal resources. BCHP’s collaboration with the USDA and its partners filled that need for more than 127,700 households nationwide as our meal delivery brought resources right to their front door.”
According to the press release, the Collective on Hunger and Poverty exists to research and provide new solutions to hunger problems. It works primarily with the “Texas Hunger Initiative, the Global Hunger and Migration Project and the newly launched Hunger Data Lab.”
According to the press release, “Collaborative scholars conduct interdisciplinary hunger and poverty research with local, state, national and global relevance,” in addition to distributing food.