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Like so many of our partners across the country organizing for equity in the food system and an end to hunger, we stand on the side of justice and denounce the actions and words of those who stand for hate and violence. The recent events in Charlottesville, VA as well as similar rallies and actions propagate racism, bigotry and injustice.

Racism persists because it has been codified in structures, systems and policies, including the food and agricultural sectors in the U.S. One in four Latino children, and one in three Black children often go to bed hungry (compared to 1 in 6 white children) in our United States. Over 30 million Americans live in places that lack access to healthy food, especially Native American communities in the rural West, and low-income families of color living in urban areas. One in six of us work somewhere along the food chain earning poverty-level wages that prevent families from affording nutritious food on a regular basis, with Blacks, Latinos and women most likely to earn minimum, or sub-minimum wages. It is clear that racism is alive and well in our food system and it is alive and well in our country. Those of us who believe in social justice are among the majority and our resistance has to be strong and unified.

The intersection of hunger, racism and economic inequality needs to be addressed and coupled with actions and policies that move us into a future built on equality and shared prosperity for all. Together we are organizing and living our way into a new world where racial and gender equity are coupled with economic justice. We see evidence of this courageous world rising up in the actions of the grassroots organizations and movements that WhyHunger supports – both in this country and around the world. We are committed to supporting and standing in solidarity with these grassroots leaders who are shaping the pathway towards a society where everyone has the right to food, and the opportunity to a dignified life rooted in the interdependence of community, family, the natural world, and the struggle for democracy.

We are emboldened by the statements made by several of our partners in the wake of Charlottesville and stand in solidarity with them:

Food Chain Workers Alliance

HEAL Food Alliance

Pesticide Action Network North America

Union of Concerned Scientists


If you are looking to take action, check out the below resources and add your own:

Upworthy: Feeling Hopeless After Charlottesville? 16 Ways You Can Make a Big Difference

Huffington Post: What To Do About Charlottesville

Bustle: The “Things You Can Do Re: Charlottesville” Google Doc Has a Ton of Incredible Ideas

This blog is repost of No Kid Hungry’s original post found here. No Kid Hungry recently released “Hunger In Our Schools,” that reports on kids in America who face hunger. The report gathered feedback from low-income parents and their children, as well as teachers, in a series of surveys and focus groups, to hear from them how hunger and poverty affect their lives. Here are some stats we found particularly sobering: • 1 in 6 kids in America is facing hunger (13 million children)• 59% of children from low-income families come to school hungry• 34% of parents struggle to provide nutritious/balanced meals because...
I used to think about charity the way I thought about superheroes. Charity nobly swoops in, narrowly averting the crisis, sighs a breath of relief and then it races off to battle the enemy once again. I served countless meals at soup kitchens and awaited the grand finale in which charity would defeat the enemy once and for all, only to be repeatedly disappointed by the sickening realization that people remain hungry and that charity alone could not win. When I began interning at WhyHunger, I was unexpectedly relieved to ditch the superhero narrative and admit that charity alone is not...
For this quarter’s issue of the Nourishing Change newsletter, we are highlighting issues, stories and content at the intersection of hunger and health, focusing on the indivisibility of the right to good health and the right to good food. We therefore spoke to three of our partners to discuss the work they are doing around hunger and health. The Nourishing Change newsletter is a forum for sharing information and resources to enrich our conversations and efforts to organize for the most basic of human rights - the right to food.  The content of these newsletters seeks to illuminate the particular conditions that,...

What We’re Reading: Article RoundUp

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At WhyHunger we know it’s important to stay critically informed on the issues related to hunger and poverty, while also uplifting the voices, stories and successes of grassroots food justice advocates. So, every couple of weeks we’ll be sharing a compilation of articles that highlight the intersections of racial, social and environmental justice to spur conversations and keep you up-to-date with relevant news. Below are some of our staff picks. Happy reading! Article Round-Up: 1. Newsweek: “The Number of People on Food Stamps is Falling. Here’s Why.”Fewer people are receiving SNAP benefits, but why? This article goes behind the stats and examines how...
This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. There was a time, not so long ago when America was a country of RISING EXPECTATIONS. I grew up in that world and maybe you did too. My father worked two jobs, my mother worked and yet we barely got by. We never...

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This is the final article of the series “People’s Agroecology,”written by Blain Snipstal, a farmer at Black Dirt Farm. He is part of the leadership team for the Black Dirt Farm Collective. He is also works with SAAFON as a organizer. As part of the continuation of the Campesino a...

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At the last Closing the Hunger Gap (CTHG) Conference in 2015, representatives of hundreds of food access organizations gathered to declare that charity won’t end hunger. Instead, they called for a radical transformation from charity to justice. They redefined hunger as a problem of economic and racial inequity and reimagined the...

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Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), has been working with community-based organizations across the U.S. and national partners, like WhyHunger, to help end childhood hunger by investing in nutritious breakfast for every child! They have helped fuel innovative programs...

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Earlier this month, Betsy Garrold, the executive director of Food for Maine’s Future breathed a long, hard sigh of relief. “I sit at my computer with tears of joy running down my face. This has been a six year struggle against the corporate food monopolies to protect and enhance the...

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