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Thank you for an incredible night!

We had a full house at Edison Ballroom with 300 people in attendance and the room was absolutely buzzing with the power of food, music, and grassroots innovation to bring about big change!

Thank you for coming out to celebrate WhyHunger, the achievements of our grassroots partner Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, and the music and humanitarian work of Jon Batiste. Thank you for listening, laughing, singing, and learning with us on Tuesday night. Above all, thank you for investing in us. We are so grateful for your incredible generosity and to QuestLove and Jon Batiste who surprised us all by donating their skills and instruments to bump us over the edge.

As our Executive Director, Noreen said, “Our movement to end hunger is alive! WhyHunger works to fuel its growth by building bridges and alliances where there are none, by investing in proven ideas, and by knitting together local action into big and lasting change. Together, we have the power to make that vision of a world free from hunger a reality.” From food pantries in Bed-Stuy, to small farms in Brazil, to the stage of The Late Show, WhyHunger is fostering a movement to end hunger.

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Artist Honoree: Jon Batiste

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Jon Batiste, is a musician, educator and humanitarian from Kenner, LA who has created a signature sound that is true to his roots. In addition to performing internationally with his band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Batiste is the music director and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Batiste's debut studio album, “Social Music,” reached #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album Chart. Batiste is the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, was named one of Forbes “30 Under 30” most influential people in the art world, is a Movado Future Legend Award recipient and is one of the youngest Steinway Performing Artists of all time. Born into a long line of celebrated musicians in Louisiana, Batiste received his undergraduate and masters degrees at Juilliard School.

Grassroots Honoree: 

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

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Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger was founded in 1998 by Dr. Melony Samuels as a small traditional food pantry operating out of a church basement; they are now the largest pantry in Brooklyn, providing the basic staples of a well-balanced diet to more than 30,000 low-income individuals each month. Through their flagship location, mobile pantry and two urban farms, they distributed food to provide approximately 3 million meals to New Yorkers last year. Designed to support its clients’ dignity as well as provide nourishment, the organization is unusual in allowing its clients to select fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and other staple items according to their preferences. They go beyond feeding to work at the intersection of hunger and health, economic security, community development and youth leadership.

ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award Presenter:

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