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Hunger Awareness Week

Did You Know?

You can't tell by looking at a person if they have enough food to eat.

  • >1 in 4 Texas children are food insecure
  • >74% of households much choose between paying for food or paying for medicine
  • >78% of households purchase cheap, unhealthy food

*According to Brighter Bites Houston

  • The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment.
  • More than 54 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2020.

*According to FeedingAmerica.org

Decorate Lunch Bags!

Please see the master schedule for dates, times and locations to decorate lunch bags for food-insecure children in the Houston community. 

Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Student Housing & Residential Life, Kids Meal- University of Houston.

Local Organizations

Brighter Bites: Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands. We teach them how to use it and track their behavior change. We make it fun. We make it free. And we make it happen via a simple, three-part formula:

Doctors for Change (has Healthy Eating & Active Living Committee): DFC believes that Houston and Texas can reverse this dangerous and costly trend by implementing evidence-based policy changes. Obesity prevention is a cost-effective way to increase survival rates, productivity, and quality of life. We collaborate with other community organizations to advocate for the health of Texans and fight obesity. We seek to form partnerships between health professionals and other groups to share resources and knowledge.

Second Servings Houston: TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER AND REDUCE WASTE IN HOUSTON BY RESCUING PERFECTLY EDIBLE SURPLUS FOOD, AND DELIVERING IT DIRECTLY TO LOCAL CHARITIES. Second Servings is Houston’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization. Since 2015, we’ve been redirecting unserved and unsold food from retailers, sports venues, distributors, hotels, etc., to the people who really need it at shelters, soup kitchens, low-income housing and many other charities.

Houston Food Bank: America’s largest food bank in distribution leading hunger relief in 18 southeast Texas counties. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables and prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen.

Target Hunger: Target Hunger's mission is to alleviate hunger and its root causes in the Houston neighborhoods we serve.

Hunger Free Texans: Hunger Free Texans is the largest educator of food, food access and food insecurity information in Texas.. We educate over 1400 diverse public and private sector organizations each year. Our education focuses on the connection between food, food access, a healthier diet and health outcomes. We bring in the topic experts, create the agendas, and convene organizations that serve the public good. This education is provided through free regional conferences held across the state each year. We also host the largest Healthy Communities conference in the Southwest. U.S.

Take Out Hunger (Harris County more of a food donation initiative): Take Out Hunger is a food donations initiative by Harris County Public Health, powered by PHI LAB. Our mission is to reduce hunger and food insecurity in Harris County by providing food safety education to food establishments and increase food donation activity safely. Together we can safely donate good, excess food to those most in need and decrease food waste. Whether you are a food donor, food assistance organization, or volunteer, Take Out Hunger is here to help you get started on this mission!

Kids’ Meals: Since 2006, Kids’ Meals has been making and delivering free, healthy meals directly to the homes of hungry children. Since inception, we have given more than 6.7 million free meals to food-insecure children in 43 Houston-area zip codes. Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five years-old and under facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty. As of May 2020, we are delivering 7,000 meals every weekday,

Feeding Children Everywhere (Houston Hunger Project): a fun, high-energy and hands-on way for anyone to make a tangible difference in the fight against hunger. With music booming, lentils flying and a sea of hairnets, we work to create a truly dynamic experience all while packaging healthy meals for hungry children and families who need it most. The best part about Hunger Project is that you get to pick where the food goes — domestic or international!

Rise Against Hunger (Houston): Rise Against Hunger Houston was founded in 2014 and serves the Houston Metro, Texas Gulf Coast, South and Central Texas regions. Through 2016, thousands of local volunteers and partnering organizations, including Fluor, AIG, CITGO, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, have helped build the local movement to end global hunger. In this region alone, through 2016, more than 1.7 million meals have been packaged to benefit six countries.

Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry: Our funding comes from donations from our sponsor community organizations, member churches, individuals, and annual fundraising events. Heights Interfaith Ministries (HIM) is a corporation organized in Texas and has a not-for-profit 501(c)3 tax status with the federal government. We are a proud member of the Houston Food Bank. About 80% of our food is purchased from the Houston Food Bank at low prices with the balance coming in through community donations and a small portion being purchased with Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry funds. We serve residents of all ZIP codes in Houston, Texas.

Ronald McDonald House Houston: Caring for a seriously ill child is difficult, expensive and at times, terrifying. For more than 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Houston has been helping families with seriously ill children stay close together during these difficult times. By providing a “home away from home” while their child receives the treatment they need, Ronald McDonald House Houston is able to meet families’ most vital need for a place to stay while also providing opportunities to connect with other families facing similar crises. Together, we can continue to provide safety and comfort to these children and their families when they need it the most.

Resources for UH Students

Peeps Pantry – College of Education: PEEPS Pantry will have prepared, pre-packaged bags of non-perishable food for current UH students available beginning Aug. 25, 2020. You must make an appointment via Navigate to receive a bag by following the instructions below. One bag per student per week. All bags should be picked up outside Farish Hall 160 (Undergraduate Studies suite) at the appropriate appointment time. Bags will only be held for five minutes after appointment time to allow for proper distancing between appointments, so please be on time. Masks are required on campus until further notice.

Cougar Cupboard – Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services: Monday and Wednesday 1:00pm – 5:00pm Tuesday and Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm Modified operations will be pre-bagged groceries. RSVP is required. Link coming soon. For the safety and convenience, students can continue to enroll in the program through an online session. Cougar Cupboard Food Scholarship Enrollment Session Sign-Up. You will receive an email in 1-2 days on further instructions to finish the enrollment process.