Through the Texas Health Resources community impact initiative, Tarleton State University has been awarded the Texans Reducing Food Insecurity & Depression (TFID) grant.

The grant’s purpose is to identify and reduce food insecurity and depression in those aged 55 and older in the 76401 and 76402 zip codes.

“We are offering referral services, free therapy and local food bank enrichment. We will also have a community garden, education and trainings, cooking classes and an elder care/care giver conference,” said grant administrator Brooke Harris.

Tarleton received the 18-month grant this summer.

“Essentially we have partnered with various community organizations that are very active - food pantries and things - where we are trying to reduce food insecurity and depression,” she said.

Community partners include Agrilife Erath County, Basic Needs Graham Street Church of Christ, Bunker Hill Apartments, Grace Place First Baptist, Hope Inc., Meals on Wheels of Erath County, Stephenville Senior Citizen Center and Stephenville Crossing Apartments.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for our community and Tarleton to come together and work for a unified goal,” Harris said. “I think that Tarleton has a great amount to offer and so do our community partners. Our organizations are already doing wonderful things, so to see everybody working together to achieve something is really special.”

Texans Reducing Food Insecurity & Depression has many volunteer opportunities. To volunteer, call 254-413-0883 or email TexansFID@gmail.com.