- 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 system of 5 food pantries, a central food hub, 6 community and educational gardens, 16 senior home delivery routes, 10 senior day site routes, a free breakfast program, and countless community food fairs, we are 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 4.4 million pounds of food each year – the equivalent of 3.6 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 to examine the issue of hunger in Houston. They focused their attention on the area of town where the needs of the hungry were not being met, and Target Hunger was formed. Our service area was initially limited to the greater Fifth Ward area, but now we have expanded to include the neighborhoods of Kashmere Gardens, North Forrest and Denver Harbor.