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It’s officially summer and that means a lot of different things for people. Unfortunately for the millions of children that rely on schools to get their breakfast and lunch meals, it means the time that they are the hungriest. But, we can all do something about it. Each year, WhyHunger teams up with the USDA and organizations across the country to help fill the gap during the summer. During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on free and reduced priced meals provided by the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, but only 18% participate in the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP’s provides free, nutritious meals for kids at local organizations such as schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, summer camps and more all over the country – all summer long. However, these locations tend to change year to year – that’s where you and WhyHunger come in!

WhyHunger’s Summer Meals Rock for Kids campaign creates awareness about the summer meals program, and activates celebrity auctions and artist ambassadors that raise funds to support the national WhyHunger Hotline and our comprehensive database that is updated regularly and now includes over 38,000 summer meal locations to connect families in need to free, healthy food closest to them when they need it most.

To find your closest Summer Food Service Program summer meals site:

  • Call the WhyHunger Hotline at 1-800-5HUNGRY (1-800-548-6479) for service in both Spanish and English. The hotline is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00am EDT to 6:00pm EDT]
  • Text “summer” and your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 to get a location within minutes
  • Visit whyhunger.org/summermealsearch to find a site online.

And here’s how you can help:

  • Donate to support WhyHunger's Hotline and online database. 
  • Spread the word to your network and community by downloading and distributing flyers in English and Spanish at your local community centers, schools and libraries
  • Add graphics to your blog, website or social media accounts

You can find these materials and more at: whyhunger.org/summermeals. Thank you for making a difference this summer!

WhyHunger’s Saulo Araujo is heading to St. Louis with the US Food Sovereignty Alliance to join workers, organizers, community members and allies from 50+ organizations across the country in a national action to demand accountability from “Bid Coal” to workers and their polluted and economically devastated communities.  Below is the announcement released by the Climate Justice Alliance/ Our Power Campaign and you can learn more and sign the petition here. ST. LOUIS, MO, June 21, 2016 — Coal-harmed workers, families and allies from 50 groups across the country will “knock at the doors of power” in Peabody Energy’s headquarters city on Friday, June 24th. This...
This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. One in five children in America lives in poverty. Summer is the time when more children are hungry than at any other time of the year because they are not receiving free school meals during the week. That means that their families have to provide for some 150 meals during the summer just for one child. For a family with two or more children earning $15,000 or less, or even earning twice as much, the cost is a budget breaker. Fortunately, there are government-supported solutions that, with proper support and advocacy, can help all children...
For Father’s Day we profiled a couple of our favorite guys, WhyHunger’s own (and new dad) Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau and SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick, host of “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick” about how being a father has changed the way they view the world and influenced how they fight for change and against an unjust system. Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau 1. How has being a (new) father influenced your perspective and work in the fight for an end to hunger and social justice for all? My daughter is only a few weeks old, but already I am realizing that she is going to grow up in a...
It was a bright and sunny Saturday morning in mid-May when we piled into the back of my colleague's car and made our way out of New York City’s sprawl. Joining the team from WhyHunger was Raul Amorim, the Coordinator of the Youth Collective of the Brazilian Landless Worker's Movement (MST), who was in New York to accept the WhyHunger Harry Chapin Award on behalf of the MST. As the conversation flowed from English to Portuguese to Spanish and back we talked about the weather, our work, and how excited we were to reach our final destination. We crossed the...
As an organization that believes in nutritious food and social justice for all, May 16th was a night to remember for WhyHunger as their annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards dinner commenced.  Allies and friends came together at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for an evening dedicated to celebrating activism and social...

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We are happy to share our animated video "If You Give Someone a Fish..." that debuted at the 2016 WhyHunger Chapin Awards and illustrates WhyHunger’s unique approach to solving the hunger problem and invites you to think beyond the familiar. The video was introduced by Executive Director Noreen Springstead. Here is...

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Written by Kristin Schafer. Reposted with permission. This article was originally featured in the Pesticide Action Network’s GroundTruth blog. The science is in. Our food system's continued reliance on pesticides is putting children's health at risk. Kids across the country are exposed in various ways, but those who grow up in...

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Our longtime friend and Board Member Joe D'Urso's 3rd annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival is coming up on June 25-26, so I interviewed him to learn more about the festival and what motivates him to organize and include a cause-related element at his festival.   Why is it important for you to host...

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WhyHunger’s What Ferguson Means for the Food Justice Movement series is a bold attempt to explore the way in which police violence and institutionalized anti-black racism is deeply interconnected to food, land and Black bodies. What is the connection between the death of Black people at the hands of the...

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