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DAWN Centers

Houston Health Department established DAWN to offer free wellness programming to those diagnosed with, and at risk for, diabetes. Members will make lifestyle enhancements to improve their disease management and quality of life.

Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis, Houston, Texas 77004
832-393-4055

Edible Houston

Edible Houston is an independently owned, community-based bi-monthly Edible Communities publication that celebrates the seasonal food culture of the Houston area.

Gardening

This website provides links to sites that are tailored to gardening in Houston

Go Healthy Houston

Go Healthy Houston is improving the health of all Houstonians by increasing access to healthy foods, physical activity, and tobacco-free places. The initiative was launched by Mayor Annise Parker in 2012 and is led by a coalition of public and private partners.

HFB Social Service Outreach

Houston Food Bank's Social Services Outreach Program (SSOP) is focused on raising awareness in the service area of available social services and provides application and
technical assistance for state-funded social and health services.

535 Portwall Street
Houston, Texas 77029

HFB-emergency pantry

The purpose of the Emergency Food Pantry is to serve working families who can’t access their neighborhood pantry. The pantry requires proof of employment in the form of a paycheck or paystub from an employer.

535 Portwall Street
Houston, Texas 77029

Houston Food Bank

As a member of the nation's largest non-governmental, domestic hunger relief organization - Feeding America - our goal is to make food accessible to hungry people in their greatest times of need.

535 Portwall Street
Houston, Texas 77029

Houston Parks and Recreation Department

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has six playgrounds where all children and families can play together, regardless of their abilities. Located throughout the department’s park system, these playgrounds were built through a variety of programs, but all aim to provide inclusive environments for children of all abilities.

Kids Meals Houston

Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five-years-old and under facing debilitating hunger due to abject poverty. Every weekday, year-round, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers prepare thousands of healthy lunches consisting of a sandwich, snack and 100% juice or milk.

METRO

METRO's local bus service runs mostly along city streets, making stops at every other corner along the designated route. Routes are color-coded based on service frequency during the midday and weekends. 

My Plate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

Urban Harvest

From this simple concept grew Urban Harvest, a nonprofit organization with three hardworking programs at its core: Community Gardens, gardening and youth Education, and Farmers Markets. Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow and share healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we all call home. Find gardening advice here!

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP

USDA’s nutrition programs like SNAP have a long-standing commitment to improve the nutrition of children and low-income families and help ensure that all of America’s children have access to safe, nutritious, and well-balanced meals.

YMCA of Greater Houston

The YMCA of Greater Houston offers programs for families that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At their local YMCA, Houston-area families will find activities for youth & teen, including afterschool programs, camps, sports leagues, fitness classes and more.

Crossroads Community Services

This organization aims to ensure that all people in Dallas County have ready access to nourishing foods and that they are offered life-skills education that can help reduce obesity in impoverished areas. They provide families with a variety of nutritious food, including lots of fresh produce.

Crossroads Community Services
1822 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201
214-560-2511

Edible Dallas

Edible Dallas & Fort Worth is a community-based publication that promotes the local food, farms and cuisine of the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

This program is designed to assist limited resource audiences in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed-behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets, and to contribute to their personal development and the improvement of the total family diet and nutritional well-being.

Dallas County EFNEP
7610 N. Stemmons Frwy.
Suite 140
Dallas, TX 75247
214-688-0912

Jubilee Park and Community Center

Offers healthy meals to kids in their afterschool program as well as healthy snacks on the weekend. Exercise classes are offered 4 days per week to adults and Jubilee’s youth athletics program targets the issue of childhood obesity among resident children.

Jubilee Park and Community Center
917 Bank Street
Dallas, TX 75223
214-887-1364

My Plate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

North Texas Food Bank

Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 200 Partner Agencies in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, we support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. We strive to be the best nonprofit. Including access provided through SNAP application services, NTFB provides access to nearly 170,000 nutritious meals every day. 

South Dallas Community Food Center

This organization provides low-income families with nutritional food on a weekly basis by distributing groceries, hot meals, bus passes, and gas cards.

South Dallas Community Food Center
3119 Pine Street Building I
Dallas, TX 75215
214-565-9136

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP

USDA’s nutrition programs like SNAP have a long-standing commitment to improve the nutrition of children and low-income families and help ensure that all of America’s children have access to safe, nutritious, and well-balanced meals. For more information about how to apply for SNAP benefits please visit

West Dallas Multipurpose Center

Offers a food pantry program to individuals and families in need. They have special holiday programs including Thanksgiving food baskets as well as preventative health services and a nutritional program. They also host an annual wellness expo.

West Dallas Multipurpose Center
2828 Fish Trap Rd.
Dallas, TX 75212
214-670-6530

White Rock Center of Hope

The food pantry program helps families in need, many of who have children.

White Rock Center of Hope
10021A Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
214-324-8996

YMCA of Dallas

The YMCA of Dallas offers programs for families that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At their local YMCA, Dallas-area families will find activities for youth & teen, including afterschool programs, camps, sports leagues, fitness classes and more.

Central Texas Food Bank

Founded in 1981, the Central Texas Food Bank of Texas provides food and grocery products through a network of over 300 Partner Agencies and nutrition programs, serving nearly 46,000 people every week. Headquartered in Austin, the Food Bank serves 21 counties in Central Texas, an area about twice the size of Massachusetts.

Edible Austin

Welcome to Edible Austin. We are a bi-monthly publication promoting local food in Austin and Central Texas.

Farmers Market – calendar

A map and list of farmers markets in Central Texas.

Farmers Markets in Austin Accepting SNAP

Several farmers markets in Austin accept SNAP benefits. To find one near you, check out the link above.

Green Corn

Green Corn Project (GCP) is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping Central Texans in need grow their own organic vegetables. GCP installs organic food gardens for elderly, low-income, and disabled community members as well as for elementary schools, community centers, and shelters in underserved areas of Austin. We turn unused land into garden beds that provide food, education, and a sense of accomplishment and pride for all involved in their creation and maintenance.

Keep Austin Fed

Keep Austin Fed is a volunteer based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that gathers wholesome and nutritious surplus food from commercial kitchens and distributes it to area charities that serve hungry people in need.

My Plate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

PEAS Farm

PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability) Farm is a collective of educators, students, parents, and community members operating the community and school organic farm at Cunningham Elementary in Austin.

Sustainable Food Center

Sustainable Food Center's mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.

Urban Roots

Urban Roots is a youth development organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community.

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP

USDA’s nutrition programs like SNAP have a long-standing commitment to improve the nutrition of children and low-income families and help ensure that all of America’s children have access to safe, nutritious, and well-balanced meals.

YMCA of Austin

The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promote strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive by providing supportive and inclusive environments that nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. Brooklyn Grange operates the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grows over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange hosts events and educational programming, provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and partners with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.

City Harvest

Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest will collect 59 million pounds of excess food in 2017 and deliver it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. By redirecting this nutritious food from supermarkets, manufacturers, farmers markets, and restaurants to our neighbors in need, City Harvest supports local communities and reduces the environmental impact of food that would otherwise go to waste.

Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine was born via collaboration between life-long educator Stephen Ritz and his students who observed that as waistlines expanded, engagement and opportunities in school decreased, school performance suffered, and hope and ambition became minimized. Originally an after-school, alternative program for high school students, Green Bronx Machine has evolved into K-12+ model fully integrated into core curriculum. Students grow, eat and love their vegetables en route to spectacular academic performance.

Grow NYC - Greenmarkets

GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers. GrowNYC operates a wide variety of programs including recycling initiatives, community gardens, and youth education programs.

GrowNYC also operates a network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, fresh food box pick-ups and Greenmarket Co. to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

Hunger Free America

Hunger Free America (formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger) is a national nonprofit group building a nonpartisan, grass-roots membership movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food. Each year, Hunger Free NYC produces updated, comprehensive Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance containing detailed information on free food access in all five boroughs. Users can learn how and where to access SNAP/Food Stamps, WIC, School and Summer Meals, senior meals, soup kitchens and food pantries, and farmers’ markets that accept SNAP as payment.

Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center

The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to preventing diet-related diseases and promoting food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. The Center aims to make New York City a model for smart, fair food policy.

Just Food – Farmer’s Markets

Just Food's network of community-run farmers markets in New York City support both urban growers and regional farmers and serve low-income communities.  Each market is started and managed by members of their own community who want to bring locally-produced fresh, affordable food to their neighborhoods. The network is managed by Just Food, providing member markets with training and resources, networking opportunities, cooking demonstrations by Just Food Community Chefs, network market insurance, EBT operator funding support and more.

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education, and Policy

The Tisch Food Center cultivates research about connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating, and translates it into recommendations and resources for educators, policy makers, and community advocates. The Center focuses on schools as critical levers for learning and social change.

Slow Food NYC

Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food NYC supports the mission of Slow Food, working closely with Slow Food USA, the national association headquartered in Brooklyn.

Wellness in the Schools

Wellness in the Schools is a national non-profit that teaches kids healthy habits to learn and live better.  WITS partners with public schools to provide nutrition and fitness education, healthy scratch-cooked meals and active recess periods. Their approach improves student outcomes and drives systemic, long-term change, shifting school cultures.

DC Central Kitchen

As the nation’s first and leading community kitchen, DC Central Kitchen develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty. They fight hunger differently by training jobless adults for culinary careers and then hiring dozens of their own graduates to prepare the 3 million meals they provide for homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofits each year. DC Central Kitchen's ventures also prevent the waste of millions of pounds of nutritious food, expand access to healthy, local options in urban food deserts, and scale their model nationally through strategic partnerships with colleges and universities. Help be a hungerfighter by volunteering with kitchen staff or by harvesting crops at local farms.

DC Greens

DC Greens uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation’s capital. It is working toward a city where food education is on the menu in every classroom; where doctors write prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables as a matter of course; where urban agriculture is a valued element of our cityscape; and where zipcode doesn’t determine life expectancy. By leveraging existing infrastructure, resources and talent, and doing the work of collaboration, DC Greens is building a healthy food system that can be a model for the nation. You can get involved by volunteering at the downtown farm, lending a hand at their farmers market, or lending your professional talents.

Food Recovery Network

Founded in 2011 by students at the University of Maryland, College Park, Food Recovery Network has become the largest student movement against food waste and hunger in America. In a single year, FRN recovered 30,000 meals to DC-area hunger-fighting nonprofits. Since then, it has become the largest student movement against food waste and hunger and has resulted in the donation of more than 2 million pounds of food and 1.8 million meals that would have otherwise gone to waste. If you'd like to get involved, consult the list of current chapters to find one near you or submit an application to start a new chapter.

Martha's Table

For over 37 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports. They believe that every child deserves the opportunity for their brightest future and a deeply engaged family and community committed to their success.

REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens is a nonprofit designed to capitalize on the power of hands-on lessons and outdoor classrooms. REAL School Gardens partners with school districts to give teachers the high-quality professional development and the immersive instructional environment they need to lead effective experiential outdoor lessons in key subjects. They have developed an effective program to help teachers harness children’s “natural” curiosity to achieve their academic goals.

Sweetgreen in Schools

Sweetgreen in Schools is a homegrown program by the Sweetgreen restaurant chain that educates kids about healthy eating, fitness and sustainability through fun, hands-on activities. What began in 2010 as a one-week curriculum in Washington, D.C. has since grown into a series of wellness workshops involving more than 1,000 students across DC, MD, VA and NYC each year. Once shoppers unlock green status with the sweetgreen app, 1% of each app purchase is donated to the Sweetgreen in Schools program and partners to provide nutrition education and access to healthy food for kids.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.

Catholic Charities sustains families and individuals with programs and services that supply the necessities of life and provide the guidance needed to maintain independence. Catholic Charities stabilizes families and individuals with programs and services that preserve and secure a healthy life and offer a steady path to self-reliance. Catholic Charities strengthens families and individuals with programs and services that improve their lives and increase their opportunities to prosper and achieve their potential.

Ciclovia Immokalee!

An Immokalee street becomes car-free, family friendly, and a vibrant place to move, walk, run, bike, skateboard and meet your friends and neighbors.

David Lawrence Center

Based in Southwest Florida, the David Lawrence Center is a not-for-profit, leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community based prevention and treatment services for children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges.

Florida Department of Health in Collier County

As a county health department within the Florida Department of Health, the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is a dynamic department that provides public health programs and services focused on preventing communicable, infectious, and chronic diseases as we work to promote and protect the health of our community. Essential public health services are provided at three sites; the main office is located in the government complex in Naples, a satellite office is located in Immokalee, and a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office is located in Golden Gate City.

Florida State College of Medicine

In 2007, the FSU COM entered into an agreement with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida to provide medical education opportunities and healthcare services for the rural and underserved population in Immokalee, Florida. There are now multiple options for medical students to complete portions of their required and elective medical education program in Immokalee.

Guadalupe Center

Through the Guadalupe Center’s programs, students are prepared to begin kindergarten performing on or above expectations and elementary students receive the support they need to perform on grade level. High school students are empowered and prepared for college and college students given financial and emotional support and guidance to ensure they graduate with degrees. Together we are breaking the cycle of poverty through education, and transforming children’s lives.

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Founded in 1983, the mission of the Harry Chapin Food Bank is to lead its community in the fight to end hunger. Serving five counties in Southwest Florida: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, the food bank rescues, inspects, transports and distributes donated food and other grocery products to more than 150 partner agencies that provide direct services to those in need. The food bank provides food for about 28,000 individuals each week.

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

The Healthcare Network welcomes all patients—insured or uninsured—and provides the same high quality standard of care to all.  We believe that if more people have access to care, we all benefit from a healthier community.

Healthy Me

Healthy Me provides a set of behavioral interventions, or tools, that can be used to engage adolescents in positive health behaviors specifically aimed at addressing or preventing obesity. These are practical tools to help incorporate behavior change concepts into healthcare settings, such as office practice, or in other settings where adolescent health is addressed (i.e., school health settings, etc.).

Immokalee Friendship House

Immokalee Friendship House provides shelter to over 1,000 people and feeds over 25,000 meals each year. Upon arrival, each Immokalee Friendship House resident’s needs are assessed and in-house assistance and referrals are coordinated. Warm showers and hot meals are made immediately available. The shelter provides three meals a day, including a bag lunch to take to work or while job prospecting. In the evening, clothes are washed, chores are done, and social services such as AA meetings, support groups and case management are made available. To help guide residents toward independence, staff assists with job interview preparedness, referrals, and finding affordable housing.

Salvation Army

Our Naples and Immokalee Family Service Center locations provide food for residents in need in Collier County. Some residency exceptions may be made, depending on the amount of food we have in our Pantry at the time of the request. Because donations to our Food Pantry increase and decrease throughout the year, the number of times a Client is eligible to receive food may change.