Target Hunger

Fighting Hunger. Shaping LIves. Strengthening our Community.

HOUSTON, TX   |  www.targethunger.org

Mission

The mission of Target Hunger is to alleviate hunger and its root causes in vulnerable northeast Houston neighborhoods.  Our vision is to create a community where no one goes hungry, and individuals are able to provide food for themselves and their families.

Ruling year info

1997

CEO

Ms. Sandra Wicoff

Main address

1260 Shotwell Street

HOUSTON, TX 77020 USA

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EIN

31-1548849

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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Our programs

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Immediate Food Assistance

Target Hunger programs address two critical needs, immediate food aid and the systemic, underlying causes of poverty that lead to food insecurity. All of our programs include a data collection and impact analysis component.

Immediate food aid is delivered in the following ways: 

Food Pantries, located at both municipal service centers and community-based sites. During regular operations, we conduct 20 distributions each month serving high-poverty neighborhoods where residents meet US Department of Agriculture eligibility guidelines. We distribute 25-pound boxes of grains, fruits, vegetable, and protein. Whenever possible, fresh produce is included. 

Emergency Food Packs, approximately 265 packs a month, are distributed to anyone in need. An ID is requested, and an individual is limited to receiving help once every 3 months. Packs include a daypack with a 7-12 pound distribution of high calorie, easy-to-fix meats, dry cereals, and juice. 

Educational Food Fairs distribute 10,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables through 50+ events hosted March through November at sites in USDA-designated food deserts where residents lack access to fresh produce. There are no eligibility guidelines although the areas are high-poverty zones. Seventy collaborating nonprofits provide, on a rotating basis, additional outreach alongside our team. 

Senior Delivery Programs help almost 700 low-income seniors who reside in our primary service area and survive on fixed incomes. Seniors and people with disabilities who have health issues and/or who lack transportation qualify for home delivery, and drivers are trained to provide both personal interaction and to make referrals to other agencies as needed. We also provide monthly delivery to seniors at 10 activity centers, adult day care, and apartment communities. Our Senior Services Coordinator, who is certified by the State of Texas as a Community Health Worker, provides helpful navigation services for clients and conducts cultural mediation to facilitate client connections to health care, social services, and other community.

Mobile Pantry Distribution Program includes weekly food distributions at low-income apartment communities and churches. This program has not only increased access to food in the community, but has provided training and experience for a much larger mobile pantry program that is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Population(s) Served

Programs addressing the root causes of hunger allow Target Hunger to work in collaboration with several key community groups to help clients achieve self-sufficiency and break cycles of poverty that contribute to ongoing food insecurity.
 
Community Re-Entry Network Program, administered by the Houston Health Department in order to reduce recidivism and increase public safety, assists formerly incarcerated individuals as they transition back into the community.
 
SERJobs is a Texas Gulf Coast Region nonprofit organization that educates and equips people from low-income backgrounds and/or who have significant barriers to employment. We provide mobile pantry distributions at SER training sites so trainees can ensure their families are fed without having to sacrifice training time.
 
5th Ward Go Neighborhood Health and Wellness Fairs occur quarterly to provide education and access to services for the greater community. 
 
Willie H. and Gladys R. Goffney Community Garden, a 2-acre, 100-bed organic garden in Kashmere Gardens, produces 6,000+ pounds of nutritious produce annually, most of which is distributed to Target Hunger’s pantry clients. 
 
Navigation Services connect clients to a wide range of programs, such as utility or rental assistance, financial counseling, and more under the supervision of a certified Community Health Worker.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Pounds of produce grown

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Immediate Food Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Immediate Food Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Achieve sustainable financial stability & growth

2. Be recognized as an effective community hunger relief model to be emulated elsewhere in the USA

3. Optimize human & physical infrastructure

1. Achieve sustainable financial stability & growth
- Systematically improve donor engagement to build a culture of philanthropy yielding renewable unrestricted funding
- Strengthen grant-writing systems to grow philanthropic resources
- Study earned revenue opportunities in support of TH mission; Implement if appropriate

2. Be recognized as an effective community hunger relief model to be emulated elsewhere in the USA
- Increase visibility, awareness & differentiation of TH brand in important markets
- Demonstrate & improve program success though an assessment program that measures qualitative & quantitative outcomes; Research optimal client results
- Enhance strategic partnerships to address the “root causes” of hunger
- Develop & expand nutrition & garden programs

3. Optimize human & physical infrastructure
- Conduct staffing needs assessment
- Study all facility needs including showcase garden/pantry/program space

Target Hunger addresses food insecurity in northeast Houston, both by meeting an immediate need through distribution of nutritious food and by addressing poverty, the underlying cause of food insecurity.

Our program is unique both because of its size and its programs designed to alleviate the root causes of poverty.

Target Hunger is one of the Houston Food Bank's largest distribution partners. In 2019, we served 20,000 unduplicated clients through our pantry distributions, food fairs, at-home deliveries, and partner programs. By June 2020, we had already seen nearly 17,000 unduplicated clients.

Food distributions happen in the following ways:
- At pantry sites throughout our service area, including community centers, apartment complexes, and religious institutions.
- Through in-home delivery to seniors and people with disabilities who are unable to leave the house.
- At food fairs at schools and other community sites in partnership with a range of social service agencies.
- As emergency food packs for individuals who need nutrient-dense, portable food during challenging times.

We maintain a community garden that produces fresh, nutritious produce that is distributed to our clients throughout the year. In order to address the need for more urban gardens that are sustainable and do not rely on ground soil, Target Hunger is building an extensive above the ground crate garden in the unused area of our large parking area at our headquarters on Shotwell Street. This will transform the space into a lush container garden site that is anticipated to be fully functional by January 2021.

Our client Navigation Service capabilities and partner programs have given us a way to have long-term impact on our community. We are in the process of training more staff to earn the state's Community Health Worker credential so that at every interaction with clients, these staff can help evaluate what connections to social service programs can help clients stabilize their finances, home life, and health, all of which will reduce their risk of long-term food insecurity. Our partner programs demonstrate how non-profit agencies can collaborate effectively to greatly improve client outcomes.

Target Hunger partners with four key agencies that demonstrate how intensive collaboration can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. We work closely with the Houston Health Department’s Community Re-Entry Program, Urban Enrichment Institute, 5th Ward Head Start Program, and SERjobs, pairing food distribution with job training and life skills.

Achieve sustainable financial stability & growth by growing unrestricted funding:
10% by 12/31/2020
25% by 12/31/2021
50% by 12/31/2022
- Create Earned Revenue Task Force by 12/31/2020
- Recommendation & Board report by 6/30/2021

Be recognized as an effective community hunger relief model to be emulated elsewhere in the USA
- Create Marketing Committee & RFP for marketing plan by 5/31/ 2020
- Create Program Evaluation Task Force by 1/30/2020.
- Invigorate the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process & begin conducting data-driven client outcome assessments by 12/30/2020
- Develop a partnership strategy that includes considerations for growth, process, & outcomes by 12/30/21

Optimize human & physical infrastructure
- Establish Staffing Needs Assessment Task Force & report to board: Current status by 3/30/2020; Future needs by 6/30/2021
- Create Facility Task Force by 11/30/2020 Recommendation & Board report by 11/30/2021
- Create Garden Futures Task Force by 3/1/20; Recommendation & Board report by 6/30/2020

Financials

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Target Hunger

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sharon Asinelli

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Term: 2019 - 2021

John Simon

Sharon Asinelli

Steve Barrett

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes