Jeremy Everett is the founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI), a capacity-building, anti-hunger project within Baylor University. THI partners with the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, and numerous faith- and community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through research, policy analysis, education, and community organizing.
With eight offices in Texas, THI organizes coalitions across the state to ensure access to healthy food for all Texans and facilitate hundreds of millions of additional meals to Texans since 2009. THI consults with more than 25 other states on implementation strategies. In Jeremy’s tenure with THI, he has raised nearly 30 million dollars to support faculty research, programmatic implementation, and policy analysis.
Prior to THI, Jeremy worked for international and community development organizations as a teacher, religious leader, community organizer, and organic farmer. He frequently delivers presentations to churches, non-profit organizations, universities, and the government sector on the subjects of poverty, community development and organizing, hunger, and social entrepreneurship. Jeremy regularly writes for the Huffington Post and has been featured on PBS documentaries and talk shows such as Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity.
Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University. Jeremy is a Next Generation Fellow of the University of Texas LBJ School’s Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Jeremy also serves on the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Social and Economic Justice, the Aspen Institute’s dialogue on U.S. Food Security and Healthcare Costs, and was recently appointed by U.S. Congress to serve on the National Commission on Hunger.
Jeremy is married to Amy Miley Everett. They have three sons: Lucas, Sam, and Wyatt.
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Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary: M.Div. 2001
Samford University: B.A., religion and history
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A growing number of Americans are going hungry
The Washington Post online
Jeremy K. Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, was interviewed for this article on how more Americans are going hungry now than at any point during the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a problem created by an economic downturn that has tightened its grip on millions of Americans and compounded by government relief programs that expired or will terminate at the end of the year.
Conference encourages love and unity in divisive times
Baptist Standard online
Speakers at the 2020 Micah 6:8 Conference including Jeremy Everett, executive director at the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, and Mark Grace, M.Div., chief of mission and ministry at Baylor Scott & White Health, facilitated a discussion on ways they can help others on significant problems such as hunger, racial inequality and gender gaps from a biblical perspective.
Nationwide, twice as many people are hungry during pandemic
Baptist News Global online
This article about food insecurity in every state as a result of the pandemic quotes Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, on the steadily rising food insecurity rate and the outlook for the future.
Meals-to-You Expands to Serve 5 Million Meals a Week to Rural Children
Baylor Media and Public Relations online
New public-private partnership, including Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, delivers meals to low-income kids in rural areas in order to help children impacted by COVID-19. Jeremy Everett, M.Div., is the executive director of the Baylor University Collaborative Hunger and Poverty and is grateful to be part of an innovative team dedicated to helping neighbors in need.
Jeremy Everett, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
Baylor Connections, online
AUDIO: In this Baylor Connections, Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, shares how it has responded to COVID-19, ramping up long-standing efforts to end hunger across the state of Texas and around the nation.
Hunger Expert Discusses USDA Report Showing Significant Drop in Household Food Insecurity
Baylor Media Communications online
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its report, “Household Food Insecurity in the United States in 2015.” The report shows a significant decline in the national food-insecurity rate, from 14 percent to 12.7 percent in one year, which means that millions more people throughout the nation now have access to food. Jeremy Everett, M.Div., is director of Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI). In 2014, he was appointed by Congress to serve for a year on the National Commission on Hunger, which was charged with providing policy recommendations to Congress regarding programs and funds to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity.
Texas Hunger Initiative Leader Appointed to National Commission on Hunger
Baylor Media Communications online
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has announced the appointment of Jeremy Everett, M.Div. ’01, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University, to the National Commission on Hunger. The appointment followed Everett’s nomination by Rep. Bill Flores, 17th District-Texas, and Rep. Mike Conaway, 11th District-Texas.
Walmart Foundation Grant Establishes Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration between Baylor's Texas Hunger Initiative and Business School
Baylor Media Communications online
As students across the nation head back to school, more than a third of the three million Texas school children who qualify for federal free and reduced-price lunches at school will begin the day without a school breakfast. During the summer break, even fewer had access to federal Summer Meals Programs. But now a team of multidisciplinary researchers with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) and Hankamer School of Business - funded by a $2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation - are on track to better understand the vast landscape of summer and afterschool federal child nutrition programs and what can be done to improve them, such as through the development of a fiscally sustainable year-round business model that can be replicated throughout the nation.
Baylor Magazine online
At one Texas elementary school, they've come to be not-so-affectionately known as "throw-up Mondays," the first day of the week when teachers, custodial staff and even the principal brace for the big cleanup. The children, literally starving since their last complete meal -- school lunch the previous Friday -- show up early to the one place where they can count on being fed. Famished but smiling, they wolf down heaping Styrofoam bowls of cereal, fresh fruit by the branchful, and ice-cold cartons of milk, all at a pace their neglected, kid-sized stomachs just can't handle. Inevitably, someone's breakfast ends up on the floor.