- Who We Are
The mission of Target Hunger is to alleviate hunger and its root causes in the Houston neighborhoods we serve. Our vision is a Houston where no one goes hungry and everyone can provide food for themselves and their families.
Through our food distribution system that includes five (5) food pantries, three (3) community and educational gardens, a senior home delivery program with 16 routes, 10 senior day sites, a free breakfast program, a central food hub and numerous community food fairs, Target Hunger is on the front lines of hunger every day.
Target Hunger is one of Houston’s largest organizations providing direct food distribution to food insecure seniors, children and families who face the risk of going hungry every day. We distribute nearly 5 million pounds of food each year – the equivalent of 4.2 million meals - to more than 11,000 individuals each month.
Target Hunger, a United Way agency, was founded in 1989 as a grassroots, community based program to fight the increasing hunger problem in Houston’s inner city neighborhoods. The United Way, along with community leaders including the late Congressman Mickey Leland and Houston businessman Pete Van Horn, joined together to form the Select Committee on Hunger. They focused their attention on the area of town where the needs of the hungry were not being met, and Target Hunger was formed. The service area was initially limited to the greater Fifth Ward area, but now we have expanded to include the neighborhoods of Kashmere Gardens, North Forest and Denver Harbor.