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Hess Honored With Humanitarian Award

HOUSTON -- Target Hunger, a nonprofit agency working to alleviate hunger and its root causes in the heart of Houston's inner city, will honor Hess Corp. with the Target Hunger Harvesting Hope Humanitarian Award for its work in the community to address social issues.

The 10th Annual Target Hunger Gala is being sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Hess Corp.,ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Co. for $25,000 each.

Target Hunger, a United Way agency, was established in 1989 as a grassroots, community-based program to combat the growing hunger problem in Houston's inner-city neighborhoods. Each month, Target Hunger distributes food to more than 9,800 needy Houstonians through its 12 neighborhood food pantries, 16 community gardens and 10 senior day sites. In 2009, Target Hunger distributed more than 3.6 million pounds of food. In conjunction with hunger relief, Target Hunger empowers families to become self-sufficient by offering courses and training in nutrition, English as a second language and General Education Development (GED) classes, after-school and summer youth enrichment programs and job skills education.

Event proceeds will help fund the programs and services that will allow Target Hunger to accomplish its goals of "Fighting hunger, shaping lives and strengthening the community."

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