Food Access

Pyburn’s: Bringing 
Fresh Fruits & Veggies 
to South Union

How it happened 

South Union is one of Houston’s predominantly low-income African-American communities and had been a food desert for years, correlating with health problems for nearby residents. Members of our team worked with the City of Houston to respond to an initiative created from the work of the Houston Grocery Access Task Force. Together, they supported the investment of $2,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds toward the construction of a new grocery store in the neighborhood.


Pyburn’s Farm Fresh Foods opened in July 2016, providing a variety of affordable produce and foods to the neighborhood, as well as more jobs and opportunities for community engagement. The total cost was $4,200,000.