How we make a difference

Our goal is to reduce food insecurity by strengthening programs for children in school and community settings.

To learn more about the kinds of issues Smith County’s children face, we will work with the school system to incorporate food insecurity screenings into school enrollment forms. Families with children who participate in free and reduced school meal programs will be connected with community food resources. We are also working to develop a school-based food pantry to support local schools in food deserts.

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We host community-wide events for each of our five workgroups. Below are the CHILDREN & SCHOOLS events. You can find all SCFSC events here.

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Join our Children and Schools workgroup for their monthly meeting.

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Join the monlthly meeting of our children and schools workgroup focused on increasing access to healthy foods for children and adolescents in our community.

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Join our Children & Schools Workgroup as we work to help schools identify families in our community who need heathy food and connect them to resources.

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What's new

Want to know what we've been up to with our CHILDREN & SCHOOLS workgroup? Check out the short updates below to get inspired and take action.

We know many in our community need extra help right now and we are working on collecting as many resources as we can. Thanks to Sarah Malone and Gloria Bell, our children and schools workgroup co-chairs, for putting together this list of where children can receive free lunches. Please feel free to share with anyone you think might need it.

Meet the CHILDREN & SCHOOLS Team...

...working together to end hunger in Smith County

Gloria Bell

Leadership Team Member

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Co-Chair, Children & Schools

Gloria is currently serving as the Facilitator of Family & Community Engagement for the Tyler ISD Title I Program (The Parent Center). She has served in various capacities in Tyler ISD including former Director of Head Start, Coordinator of Head Start Instructional Services, Director of Federal Programs, Coordinator of Title I, and Director of Technology as a Second Language for Stewart-Edison Junior Academy.

Gloria has spent her career as an educator of children and families. She has a passion for serving. In addition to the Food Security Council, she also serves on the East Texas Human Needs Network council, the Mentoring Alliance Board, and the Tyler Area Partnership for Education Leadership Council.

Gloria holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Master of Education from Texas A&M University at Texarkana.

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Sarah Tison Malone

Leadership Team Member

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Co-Chair, Children & Schools

Sarah is the Outreach Coordinator for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Maternal Smoking Cessation grant. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Utah State University in 2005 and is currently finishing up her Master of Public Health Degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Sarah serves on the American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council of Smith County, The Smith County Food Security Council, the Student Health Advisory Council for Lindale Independent School District, and the 2018-2019 Student Senate as the Historian. After the completion of her MPH degree in August 2019, Sarah will become a dedicated public health advocate to prevent health disparities in her region by educating community members. She firmly believes that education and training improve public health across the nation.

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