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Tis’ the season! This time of year we’re all thinking about special gifts that we can give to loved ones, so how about making sure at least one of those is a gift with meaning? Here’s our annual WhyHunger Holiday Gift Guide, a compilation of 10 unique, staff favorites that support the work of WhyHunger and our valued partners to make a positive impact on the issues we care about. There’s something for everyone!

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This delicately-sculpted sterling silver charm has sheaves of wheat along the sides, framing the handwritten words “Give Thanks” in black enamel. Features a beautifully braided bale and our “give” logo in black enamel on the back; includes a keepsake charm card. A portion of the proceeds benefit WhyHunger. Order online today. $45.00 


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Support youth activism with the “Fund Black Futures” t-shirt from the Black Youth Project (BYP100). This grassroots organization is dedicated to creating justice and trains young black activists in direct action grassroots organizing skills, so they can build power and transform their communities. Purchase here. $18.00 


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“Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice” by the Community Alliance for Global Justice. This cookbook has over 50 contributors’ collected efforts and wisdom, this guide has the tools you need to take back your food choices and stand up for all people’s rights to good, healthy and culturally appropriate food! Foreword by Raj Patel. Buy it here. $18.95 


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Get this great statement poster from our longtime partner the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). This poster represents their Fair Food Program, which works to guarantee rights for farmworkers in Florida's tomato industry. Use this to proudly show off that you support the justice and dignity that the Fair Food Program upholds for the men and women who harvest U.S. produce. Get it here. $22.00 


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Bring in the New Year with California Sparkling Wine from ONEHOPE! This wine is light in color and displays aromas of fresh green apple and nectarine with a hint of fresh baked bread. Pairs with appetizers, seafood, sushi as well as a wide range of desserts and cheeses. A portion of the proceeds go to support WhyHunger. Order online today. $59.00 


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Want to support Standing Rock? Get this limited edition tee designed and produced by Native American Clothing Company (NTVS). NTVS has collaborated with the Indigenous Environmental Network, a leader in the #NoDAPL resistance that is fighting for climate and economic justice, with proceeds from the shirt supporting their actions. Get it here. $24.00 


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There’s still time left to get your holiday cards! Our Closing the Hunger Gap partner, Oregon Food Bank, offers two holiday cards to choose from – proceeds from the cards will go directly to providing healthy meals to those in need. All you have to do is place your order by December 19th. $10.00 


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Create awareness and an educational opportunity about food sovereignty at the table with food sovereignty placemats from Grassroots International, a partner of ours in movement building around the globe. These laminated, double-sided placemats tell the story of the broken food system on one side and examples of how to fix it on the other side. Each measure 11" x 17", perfect for the kitchen table! Order here. $15.00 


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Step back in time with the 2016 Hungerthon sweatshirt! The orange, white and red vintage logo is a throwback to WhyHunger’s start in the 1970s. The WhyHunger logo is displayed on the front of the sweatshirt in white. This heavyweight, full-zip sweatshirt is sure to keep you warm during those cold winter nights. Order here. $100.00 


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Add some amazing flavor to your holiday dishes with herb salts from Rise & Root Farm, a food justice partner and woman-led farm in upstate NY that is committed to engaging rural and urban communities through food and farming. These salts are made with herbs grown at the farm and are available in a variety of mixes that include garlic salt, triple basil salt, lemongo and more! Buy through their online store. $8.00 


Still not sure what to get? You can always make a donation on behalf of someone to give back to your favorite local community-based organization. We hope you enjoyed our list, happy gift giving!

On a rainy November evening, WhyHunger co-founder and ambassador Bill Ayres joined scholar, activist and WhyHunger Board Member Jan Poppendieck for a conversation with the Wagner Food Policy Alliance at New York University. Inspired by Jan’s recent report for WhyHunger titled "School Breakfast at Half Century: A Look Back to Look Ahead", the event focused on challenges and successes for food justice activists and advocates. Both Bill and Jan offered a lifetime of experience to share, which was eagerly absorbed by the audience of students and professionals of all ages. Graduate student and Wagner Food Policy Alliance board member Sam Sundius...
The Sioux Tribe and water keepers everywhere have something to celebrate with Obama’s Executive order to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline through the Sioux nation in North Dakota, announced this week. Peaceful demonstrations of resistance by a large mass of people, solidarity from all around the world, and unwavering commitment to the action were significant to this announcement. WhyHunger was a signatory on a letter to President Obama that was delivered last Friday – one of many letters that flooded the Oval office.  So, a celebration is in order and victory can be declared. However, this has...
Amanda Staples and Matt McFarland seem to have a secret garden. Except that, unlike in the famous story, their garden has only three tall, vine-covered walls surrounding it. The fourth side opens to the street, and Amanda sells her produce there each Wednesday in addition to providing for a ten-family CSA. The lot had been abandoned and overgrown for thirty years until Staples and McFarland, following a dream they’d had of owning and operating a small farm in the city, bought the lot and the house behind the lot’s back wall. For a year they cleared the land and prepared the...

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*The above photo was taken by Charlotte Dillon. WhyHunger stands in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The fight for clean water and environmental justice is inextricably linked to the struggles to end hunger and poverty worldwide. A Brief Timeline After the town of Bismark, ND rejected the Dakota Access Pipeline in their region due to concerns over water contamination and environmental impact in 2014, regulators decided without consent or approval from tribal members that the course of the new pipeline would cross Sioux treaty lands, bringing with it those same concerns for the water and land....
This is a repost of an article originally written and published by GRAIN. Could your pension be pushing small farmers off their land? Around the world, farmers are losing their lands, often violently, to large companies and speculators who see farmland as a lucrative investment. But what are the complex mechanisms behind...

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Like so many of our fellow Americans, the staff at WhyHunger gathered this morning to reflect on a moment in our collective history that has the power to reshape our country and our future. We feel a deep sense of urgency to support and lift up our grassroots partners who...

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The below statement was drafted by Maria Luisa Mendonça of the Justice and Human Rights Network (Rede Social). WhyHunger stands in solidarity with our partner, Landless Workers Movement (MST), and has signed this letter along with the National Family Farm Coalition, Grassroots International, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and others. Please read below...

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WhyHunger's 2015 Annual Report has just been released! This report is full of our achievements and impacts over the past year as we continue to build a broad-based social movement with our grassroots partners to ensure that everyone has a right to nutritious food. In this report you’ll find updates...

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This Q & A was originally published by the New York City Food Policy Center. Noreen Springstead began her career with WhyHunger in 1992 working at their front desk. Twenty-four years later, her vision as the Executive Director guides the organization’s marketing strategies and establishes successful philanthropic partnerships. She has built...

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