What Is It?
A nonprofit that distributes 3.9 million pounds to food each year to food insecure seniors, children, and families who face the risk of going hungry every day. Its services include food pantries, community and educational gardens, senior home delivery routes, and a free breakfast program.
Volunteers help with the food pantries and distribution center, educational food fairs, community gardens, special events, and administrative tasks. Some organizational work may also be done from home. Please contact Target Hunger for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
16 independently; children in first grade and older may volunteer with a parent /guardian.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Yes. “Target Hunger hosts hundreds of volunteers each year. Many are from companies who are committed to improving the community in which we live and work. Target Hunger can accommodate groups sized 3-100.”
FOOD PANTRY TEAM
These volunteers help with the most fundamental part of our mission – getting food to the people who need it most. Duties may include preparation and pantry set-up, sorting and repacking food, and helping clients shop.
Before our clients can receive food, it needs to be prepared and delivered. The Distribution Center is where this all happens. Distribution team members help with the logistics of getting packed food to the pantries in our serving area and make sure they are ready for their clients.
EDUCATIONAL FOOD FAIR TEAM
Volunteer as a member of a team that helps Houstonians learn about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Our Educational Food Fairs are open to anyone in Houston and provide participants with a 30 minute talk about healthy living as well as fresh produce. Your help is needed in repackaging produce and assisting with our clients.
COMMUNITY GARDENS TEAM
Enjoy working outdoors? Want to share your passion for gardening with others? Beginning and experienced Community Garden Team members work together to grow nutritious produce for the community, increase their gardening skills and support Target Hunger’s Food Pantries by offsetting the price of fresh produce. Locations: Goffney Community Garden (4604 Cavalcade, 77026) or GME Sun Club Community Garden (1260 Shotwell, 77020).
SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM
These volunteers provide staff support for special events and may be involved with guest registration, greeting and ushering guests, or participating in special hunger relief activities. This is a great way to be involved on a grand scale and help promote Target Hunger in the community.
This group of volunteers provides Target Hunger staff with administrative support in various areas of operation, including front desk/reception, development, special programs, and event planning. The best Administrative Team Volunteers work independently, are fairly flexible, enjoy a variety of projects and are willing to complete repetitive tasks.
Do you have a keen eye for details and appearance? Do you want to show off your organizational and artistic talents? Our beautification team is tasked with making our main office the best it can be. Whether is it painting, gardening, or general upkeep, you’ll have a good time helping us revive our main office and food pantry.
Volunteer in your pajamas! Our virtual team allows you the freedom to work from home while still help us in our mission to fight hunger and its root causes. Projects vary, but may include organizing canned food drives, translation, event planning and logistics, data entry, and community awareness projects.
For more information, visit the Target Hunger website.
Houston, Texas 77020
Houston, Texas 77020
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