Carol Peterson, Deacon at St. Peter's, led the organizing of the Brenham Food Security Initiative. A group of mission-minded individuals from various churches, Brenham Independent School District, Bread Partners, and service organizations in Washington County gather monthly to address hunger issues. A need was recognized that although many children qualify for free breakfasts and lunches during the school year, they may not have access to good, healthy food during the summer months. Thirteen churches and other organizations came together on a rotating basis to provide 713 child meals and 118 adult meals during the summer of 2017.
In addition, Friday backpack programs through the Brazos Valley Food Bank (BVFB) were encouraged by the Brenham Food Security Initiative by helping complete paperwork. Currently, all three elementary schools in Brenham now send food home with up to 30 children each week. Since middle schools are not included in the BVFB backpack program, the Food Initiative now furnishes 15 meals weekly to Brenham Middle School Friday backpacks there.