San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
The San Diego Hunger Coalition has hired Jennifer Tracy as their new Executive Director. Tracy has served as the interim director since January 2012. SDHC’s board chair, Michelle Tamayo believes that Tracy is the right choice for the position. “Since Jennifer took the reins in January, she has accomplished so much. From grant writing to personnel decisions to building community awareness, we have been thoroughly impressed with Jennifer’s leadership.”
Among Tracy’s recent accomplishments was the negotiation of the extension of a federal contract for CalFresh Outreach. The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, adds to a family’s food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Under Jennifer’s leadership, the SDHC recently completed an assessment of school meal programs that will be released in the next month. This assessment will provide stakeholders an overview of school nutrition programs and recommendations for improving them.
Tracy is delighted to be leading the organization into the future. Tracy comments, “I plan to expand SDHC partnerships into new areas, such as health care advocacy organizations and also maintain strong relationships with current partner organizations.” The organization recently moved offices and this has had a positive effect on SDHC operations. “We moved the organization to a new space more conducive to our work. We also have been examining cost-cutting practices. We have utilized generous volunteers to reduce costs for moving and setting up the new office.”
Tracy looks forward to the 2012/2013 year. “SDHC wants to do a better job bringing hunger issues into the public conversation and partnering with complementary organizations that also address the hunger needs of the community. We are all working toward the same goal and should work in tandem.”
About San Diego Hunger Coalition
The San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC) leads collaborative initiatives and public policy advocacy activities to reduce hunger and increase participation in Federal nutrition programs in San Diego County.
SDHC has been working to increase the rate of food stamp participation among eligible families and individuals in San Diego County since 2005. Since then, SDHC has established partnerships with some 45 community-based organizations to assist in the Food Stamp enrollment process.
SDHC also seeks to educate the public about the issue of hunger by providing information about local resources for individuals seeking food assistance and general information about the issue of hunger on a local, statewide and national level.
For more information about the San Diego Hunger Coalition, please visit http://www.sandiegohungercoalition.org/.
For more information about CalFresh, please visit http://www.calfresh.ca.gov/.