Target Hunger News

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Willie H. and Gladys R. Goffney Community Garden

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Target Hunger honored Gladys R. Goffney and her late husband, Willie H. Goffney with a rededication and renaming ceremony of the Kashmere Community Garden at 4604 Cavalcade in Houston.  The Kashmere Community Garden is now the "Willie H. and Gladys R. Goffney Community Garden."  

 

Since 1989, the agency has hosted a garden on land generously loaned to Target Hunger for the benefit of the community.  For more than 27 years, Target Hunger staff and volunteers have been growing fresh fruits, vegetables and pecans on the Goffney's land to support hunger relief programs.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Goffney purchased the land in 1985 as an investment.  While they entertained many offers to sell it, is was never in their hearts to do so.  In 1989, they learned of a community garden program that was underway by Mr. Clarence Taylor of St. Luke's Missionary Baptist Church and Target Hunger.  They needed a substantial piece of land in the neighborhood with high visibility.  The Goffney's knew God had answered their prayers, and the Target Hunger Kashmere Community Garden was born.

 

In honor of the Goffney's lifelong service to the community and their dedication to Target Hunger and providing for those who struggle with food insecurity, the new sign at the "WIllie H. and Gladys R. Goffney Community Garden" was unveiled.   "The impact this garden has had on the community for all these years is immeasurable.  We're honored to rededicate this garden in their name," says Lemel Jones, Target Hunger CEO.

 

If you would like to volunteer in the Target Hunger community garden program, please contact Sha Lewis, Garden Coordiantor at sha.lewis@targethunger.org.  If you would like to make a financial donation or a donation of goods or services in support of the community garden program, please contact Becky Brown, Director of Development at becky.brown@targethunger.org or at 713.226.41953 ext. 225.

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