About Us

Sustainable. Community-led. Impactful.

The Tom Green County Hunger Coalition is supported through the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. We are a part of the Hunger Free Communities Network of coalitions committed to the mutual goal of ending hunger and poverty in Texas. 

Who We Are

The Tom Green County (TGC) Hunger Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals taking action together to end hunger in our community.

What We Do

The TGC Hunger Coalition strategically assesses the structure and procedures of local food delivery systems, identifies resources and gaps, makes decisions for change, and implements action plans to ensure that more people have access to healthy and nutritious food. We galvanize the community behind the cause, empower community leaders, build long-term bonds of collaboration, maximize effective use of resources and ensure mutual accountability for results.

Action Focus Areas

Education & Resources

Chairpersons: Starr Long and Lee Jordan

Mission: To collect, create, and share research and community resources with agencies and individuals in Tom Green County, including nutrition education and/or health resources.

Ongoing Projects: Community Pocket Resource Guide; Promote food and nutrition education opportunities for students and the community.

College Food Insecurity

Chairperson: Jana Harrison and Chelsea Stewart

Mission: Increase awareness about college food insecurity and support the area college campus food pantries.

Ongoing Projects: Food drives to stock college campus food pantries.

Faith Based

Chairperson: Cindy Harper and Becky Bookter

Mission: To work together to collect food and reduce immediate hunger through organizing emergency food needs for the San Angelo community.

Ongoing Projects: Blessing Boxes and Kids Eat Free Summer Meal Program


Chairperson: Shelly Bailey

Mission: Ensure all seniors in the Concho Valley have access to nutritious food and nutrition education.

Ongoing Projects: Provide education programs for seniors.

Leadership Team

Mary Herbert

West Texas Regional Director
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Email: Mary_Herbert@baylor.edu

Mary Herbert is the Regional Director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP) in San Angelo, TX. Mary works collaboratively to convene stakeholders from many sectors to achieve the goal of increasing food security in this region. Mary has been with BCHP since 2013. Before joining BCHP, Mary taught high school English and spent eighteen years as a community volunteer before embarking on a career in nonprofit management, including being Executive Director of the San Angelo Schools Foundation, Caregiver Program Manager for the Area Agency on Aging, the Special Projects Coordinator for RSVP, and Program Manager for Helping Hands. Mary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Speech from Baylor University and holds a Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education from the State of Texas. 

Betty Teston

Child Hunger Outreach Specialist
Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Email: Betty_Teston@baylor.edu

Betty Teston is the Child Hunger Outreach Specialist in the San Angelo Regional office of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP). She joined the team in May, 2013, and continues to work with communities to fight food insecurity by increasing participation in the USDA Food Nutrition Programs in 23 counties. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University with a major in Nutrition and is a Licensed Dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to joining BCHP she was the Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator for San Angelo ISD and also directed the Child Nutrition program for the local Head Start campuses. Betty has over 30 years of experience in food service management in hospitals, nursing homes and business and industry dining operations.