Welcome to Slices of Life!
We are so excited to be kicking off our new blog, Slices of Life, to keep you better informed about what Target Hunger is doing to help our community! Jump on our site every Tuesday to read about everything going on here at Target Hunger. You’ll read about our programs, experience day-to-day life with our amazing staff, familiarize yourself with our volunteer experience, and most importantly, understand the impact of our work through the eyes of the people we serve each and every day. We are thrilled to be able to communicate more through this medium with all of you — our volunteers, donors, and the people we serve.
We hope you’ll enjoy reading the stories we share, learn a little along the way, and that you’ll use this as an opportunity to share our story with your community. More work can be done in the 9 zip codes we serve with every individual who gets involves and comes to know more about what Target Hunger does. Our wish is that one day the work isn’t necessary, but until that time we will continue to work hard for those that need it most.
As School Ends and Hurricane Season Begins…
For the last year, we have been in disaster mode, serving our communities through our Drive-Thru Food Distributions and Home Deliveries to seniors and families with barriers to transportation. We shared a video at our annual fundraiser about what this last year has been like for our organization, you can watch it here. As we shift from COVID disaster mode back to our normal operations, we want to start off by reminding you what the upcoming summer season means for the neighborhoods we serve. The hottest season of the year means family vacation time and pool days for many. However, here in Houston, we know it also means the start of hurricane season and school being out of session. These two things can present unique obstacles to families that are already struggling and do not have the resources to stock-up.
For Target Hunger, that requires preparing for potential disaster response, much like our response over the last year. No one is truly prepared for the potential of natural disasters, but we do our best to get our warehouse stocked as much as possible should we need the extra resources. In June, we’ll be pre-packing over 300 boxes that will be filled with energy-rich, zero-prep foods that will be ready to be distributed if a storm hits.
Summer is also a break from school for our students, and for many we serve, it means the loss of incredibly important school meals during the day. Many students in the neighborhoods we serve rely on their schools to provide nutritious meals that they otherwise may not get at home.
This season brings fears that are both familiar and foreign to many of you. It is so important for us to prepare as best we can for these next few months, and we would love your help!
One great way you can support us is by hosting a CANnecting Food Drive – virtually or in-person. Food drives are a fun way to get many people involved to collect as much food (or donations) as possible. The food that you collect will stock our warehouse and set us on a great path to deal with whatever comes our way. Together we CAN make Houston a city without hunger. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 281-913-9423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also shop directly for us on our Amazon Wishlist. This is an easy way to donate goods that will make a huge impact in the neighborhoods we serve! You can also shop with us on Amazon Smile! When you shop Amazon Smile and select Target Hunger as your charitable organization, Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us. Another easy way to make a difference!
Thanks for reading this week – see you next Tuesday!