Mark your calendars! We’re thrilled to announce that the annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards event will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at the Edison Ballroom in NYC. This will be a special evening of music and activism honoring musician and Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste for his philanthropic initiatives and our grassroots partner Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger for their food justice work in increasing nutritious food access in their community.

Comedian and talk show host Pete Dominick will host the night and guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and of course, amazing musical performances by Jon Batiste and Stay Human! Join us for an impactful night as we celebrate the work being done in the fight against hunger and poverty, and look ahead at what’s to come.

Watch the video below for a great recap of last year’s event and get your tickets today! Can’t make it? You can still make a donation or add a note of support to our program journal. Thank you for your support! 

What do you do when your favorite band is only playing once in the United States this year? You go to the show!

dispatch1 WhyHunger staff gave out "Imagine There's No Hunger" bracelets at the event.

That's what Dispatch fans do. This past weekend, Dispatch performed their only North American shows of 2015 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Fans of the band traveled from near and far to show their love. In doing so, fans not only supported the band, but also the band's mission to use their music to shine a light on the issue of hunger in the U.S.

The concerts were just one piece of the band's DISPATCH: HUNGER campaign. Throughout the weekend, Dispatch held events to further educate the fans about hunger in the United States and take direct action in support of programs and policies that work to fight hunger in NYC. Additionally, the band has released a new song titled "Bound By Love," to support DISPATCH: HUNGER. Through the month of July proceeds from the sales of the song will support the campaign partners, including WhyHunger. You can purchase the song here.

dispatch2 The DISPATCH: HUNGER Campaign partners.

WhyHunger was honored to have been selected as one of the partner organizations for this campaign and played a key role in providing content and shaping the campaign messaging to help educate fans. Our staff could be seen both nights at MSG-talking to Dispatch fans about our work, sharing information about hunger and poverty through our trivia game, and putting #WhyDammit tattoos on eager participants to show their support. Plus, by engaging with WhyHunger and the other partners on site, concert attendees had the opportunity to win one of the coveted DISPATCH: HUNGER volunteer shirts.

We would like to extend our thanks to Dispatch and their team, who worked tirelessly to make this all possible. WhyHunger and Dispatch both firmly believe in the power of music to make positive change in this world. We had a great time with the Dispatch fans and encourage everyone to stay engaged with our work and the issue.

We're proud to say that American folk icon Pete Seeger is a longtime supporter of WhyHunger. How long? Well, he turns 94 today! For just about all of those years, Pete has been standing up and singing out for justice of all kinds and inspiring several generations to work for a cleaner, healthier, kinder and more just planet.

In celebration and thanks to Pete, we bring you a performance of "This Land is Your Land" by Pete and Bruce Springsteen (another longtime WhyHunger friend!) that we promise will make your Friday afternoon.

Have you seen the new music video by  Earth Amplified and Stic.Man (of Dead Prez)? The core message of "Food Fight"  is simple: Fight big food before big food fights you!

The song addresses corporate control of our food, diet-related disease, and the ways in which people of color are disproportionately affected by  our failing food systems.

Ain't nothing but a G thing GMO MSG genocide of street gangs Aspartame like street kane Monsanto is Rambo round up with ammo Who would've known you can die from a diet? Diabetes and the -itis from the dairy and the dose of the high frucstose Cuz your ribs too close So you might start a riot Might be a food fighter!
Check out the song! Captions are included.

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