- Who We Are
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Lemel Jones leads Target Hunger as the organization's CEO. Since taking the leadership role in July 2014, Lemel has emerged as a community leader driven toward impact and community change in the neighborhoods Target Hunger serves.
Target Hunger, which distributes in 5 inner city zip codes, distributed close to 4.4 million pounds of food in 2016. This translates to approximately 11,000 people in need receiving food assistance each month. Lemel also led the charge to establish community collaborator networking meetings, realizing that only through a strong network will the organization have the power to create sustainable impacts and changes. These meetings urge community partners and residents to join forces to provide educational opportunities, food fairs that address the need for fresh produce, and special events to help unify the community while raising funds and awareness.
Recent national statistics show that 43.1 million Americans, or 13.5 percent of this country's population, live in poverty. Hunger statistics almost mirror that with 42.2 million Americans, or 12.7 percent, living in food insecure households. Target Hunger works tirelessly each day to lower these numbers. Lemel accepted her calling 12 years ago and has been feeding those in need ever since. Over the years, Lemel has found that the systemic root of America's hunger problem is America's poverty problem. Target Hunger is addressing the root cause areas through community partnerships that provide impactful initiatives in a structured process.
Through a collaboration of amazing staff members, volunteers, and community partners, Target Hunger has embarked on what Lemel calls "a new day." The organization is even more focused on the impact of hunger relief for its clients and prides itself on being a part of the neighborhood it serves.
Lemel believes that by addressing hunger one neighborhood, city, and state at a time, change and impact can be quantified, and a real difference can be made.
Her biggest hope is that others will join her in envisioning and creating a hunger-free community.
Lemel is the winner of the Bill Emerson Leadership Award as 2007 Field Site Supervisor of the Year presented by the Congressional Hunger Center. She is an honor graduate of Norfolk State University where she received her bachelor's degree in political science and public administration. Lemel is also in the 2016 class of the American Leadership Forum (ALF).
Will you be part of the change?
Lemel Jones, CEO