More Americans are sick today than healthy.  Bad diet or poor nutrition only exacerbate the problem to live a healthier life:
-1 in 3 have diabetes or prediabetes.
-1 in 2 have a lifetime risk of cancer.
-3 in 4 are overweight or obese.
-1 in 6 teenagers have fatty liver.

About Us

Food Access and Nutrition Network (FANN) is a statewide educator of food and nutrition news and information in Texas.

We create healthier communities by improving and strengthening food and nutrition awareness, strategies, and initiatives in moderate to low-income and underserved communities.  To maximize our reach to the public, we provide cross-sector collaboration, news, information sharing, and education to professionals that educate and serve the public good.  Our education focuses on food literacy and healthy eating for better health, nutrition incentive programs, food as medicine, and federal nutrition assistance programs.   FANN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2021 and based in Houston, Texas.

Our Priorities




Our 2023 Impact


Professionals from 189 Texas counties have attended FANN  educational or networking events that strengthen food & nutrition knowledge and community health.


Social media posts on food & nutrition news and education have been provided to educate the public.


Website visitors spend 5.2 minutes on average viewing healthy eating, food literacy lessons for better health.


The number of professionals in our network that we reach across Texas.

Who We Serve

We serve a large network of professionals from diverse community sectors seeking to learn more about food and nutrition programs and services, including the public. 


WIC Agencies

Public &  Community Health Orgs

Hospitals & Healthcare Institutions

Government Agencies & Academic Institutions

Faith-Based Agencies & Churches


The General Public

Healthy Texan Week: Healthy Cooking Demonstration on June 13, 2024.  

Join FANN and Interfaith Food Bank-The Food Basket in Brazoria County for a healthy cooking demonstration.  Watch us as we prepare a quick tasty meal on a budget using frozen veggies. Take away healthy recipe ideas, learn a few healthy tips, and participate in a few fun learning activities. 

The SNAP-Ed Healthy Texan Week in Action centers around educating Texans about simple ways to incorporate nutrition into their diets through frozen fruits and vegetables. #HealthyTexanWeek 

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Healthy Texan Week Kickoff Webinar on Feb 15, 2024.  Sign up to attend!

The SNAP-Ed Healthy Texan Week in Action centers around educating Texans about simple ways to incorporate nutrition into their diets through frozen fruits and vegetables. HHSC is looking for organizations to be event hosts to provide this education across the state during Healthy Texan Week, June 10-16, 2024.

To learn more and attend the free kickoff webinar on Feb 15th from 1-2pm, please register below.  

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Charcuterie Meats

47 people are sick in 22 states including Texas, with 10 hospitalized. If you have these products, do not eat them and throw them away.  Click below to learn more from the CDC.

How Your Organization Can Participate in the Summer Meals Program

Communities can increase access to healthy foods by participating in federal nutrition programs.  The Summer Meals program provides free, nutritious meals to kids 18 and under when school is out for the summer.  Click the informational video to learn more.

A significant portion of all calories consumed in the U.S. are ultra-processed foods.

Chips, cookies, crackers, white bread, cream cheese, ice cream, candy, soda, hot dogs and other processed deli meats all require little preparation.  Because of their tastiness and convenience, they make up a significant portion of the consumer's diet.  These foods are low in nutrient value and may even lead to diet related disease.  

Learn more: See our Smart Shopper programs page

Top 10 Food Categories by SNAP Consumer Spending

The spending habits of SNAP participants shows that low-income Americans are purchasing and consuming a significant portion of processed foods from the center aisle of the grocery store rather than shop the perimeter of the store where food is dense in nutrition. 

Learn more: See our Smart Shopper programs page

Our Mission

Creating healthier communities by increasing food access and nutrition knowledge through awareness and education activities and programs.  FANN is a 501(c)(3) statewide nonprofit organization in Texas.

Captured in a metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia primary school, this photograph depicts a scene common to school cafeterias, focusing on the lunch line operated by cafeteria custodians. Here, students would enter a line, and be guided by a turnstile down a buffet-style lunch counter. They would then request items served by custodians from a wide range of healthy food offerings, including these sweet potato fries, and steamed broccoli, as well as items not pictured, in order to provide a well-rounded menu. In this particular view, a young boy selected some sweet potato fries, which he was placing a


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