About Us
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What We Do

Our Mission

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

Our Work

WhyHunger brings its unique assets and history to building a broad-based social movement to end hunger. Our set of core values rests on the understanding that solutions and innovation are often found in the grassroots. WhyHunger's programs work to support these community-based organizations as they grow and develop, and bring new ideas and practices to creating a just food system that provides universal access to nutritious and affordable food.

As a grassroots support organization WhyHunger provides capacity building services, technical support, and access to information and financial resources to community organizations implementing new ideas and developing groundbreaking projects to transform their communities. We build networks of grassroots organizations that share a vision of healthy, sustainable and self-reliant communities leading to greater mobilization and stronger advocacy to end poverty and hunger.

Our Programs

Artists Against Hunger & Poverty enlists performing artists to raise funds and awareness for the most innovative and effective community-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty on the frontlines in cities, towns and villages all across the world. WhyHunger offers artists, the artist community and the music industry an opportunity to take a stand by using their voices and resources effectively -doing what they already do so well. Through music we can all make a difference in the world. Click here to learn how artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Chicago, Marc Broussard and more work with WhyHunger to raise awareness and funds in the fight against hunger and what you can do to get involved.

The Food Security Learning Center (FSLC) is a web-based clearinghouse, covering topics on community food security, nutrition, federal food programs, race and the food system, the link between climate change and food production and more. You'll find research, policy, model program profiles, articles, links and ways to get involved. To get started learning about a particular topic or to browse the Food Security Learning Center, visit our Get Info page, WhyHunger's on-line tool for quick and easy research. This project is supported by the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2012-33800-20310.

The Global Movements program works through international and U.S. civil society networks to link WhyHunger's domestic work on hunger and poverty to global movements for food sovereignty and the basic rights to food, land, water, and sustainable livelihoods for all people. Click here to learn more about WhyHunger's work around the world.

The Grassroots Action Network provides capacity building services, mentoring, training opportunities and technical assistance to organizations that are actively forging new ideas to transform communities and end hunger and poverty. Together with a network of more than 8,000 grassroots organizations, we share innovations, mobilize resources and connect them to each other in order to support their work to build healthier, sustainable communities that develop local food systems and strengthen local economies. Visit our Connect page to join the conversation, find resources and tap into our growing network.

Hungerthon® is WhyHunger's largest annual campaign featuring a series of fundraising concerts and events culminating in a national radiothon that has grown to become a Thanksgiving Day tradition, raising millions of dollars to combat hunger and poverty. Visit www.hungerthon.org for news, events, sponsorship information and volunteer opportunities.

The National Hunger Clearinghouse collects, develops and distributes information and resources to help build the capacity of emergency food providers to address the immediate needs of struggling families and individuals while promoting self-reliance and access to healthy food. The Clearinghouse includes the National Hunger Hotline, (1-866-3 HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479), which refers people in need anywhere in the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, government programs and model grassroots organizations. Visit Find Food to locate a local emergency food provider and other support services.

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