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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 on annual campaigns such as Hungerthon and Imagine There’s No Hunger, as well as programmatic work done through the Grassroots Action Network, Global Movements, Artists Against Hunger and Poverty and the Nourish Network for the Right to Food, with a highlight on alliance building with Closing the Hunger Gap and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance.

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Here’s an excerpt from WhyHunger’s Executive Director, Noreen Springstead:

“With one year as the executive director under my belt, I feel honored and excited to be working with our staff, board, grassroots partners and you to lead such an incredible organization. Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres started WhyHunger in 1975 to move beyond food charity and address the social justice issues at the core of hunger. We remain true to that mission today. We stand in solidarity with our community-based partners all around the globe and listen to their wisdom to inform our work. Together
we move our strategy forward to tackle the root causes of hunger by building a strong movement rooted in grassroots innovations, social justice and the right to nutritious food for all. What we know for certain is that charity alone will not end hunger; working for social justice will.

Food pantries and soup kitchens across our country are dedicated to the necessary task of feeding hungry people, but giving out food only solves hunger today. This model of charitable food distribution cannot address the problems that trap millions of people in a cycle of food insecurity and poverty. We need passion, strategic-thinking, community-led solutions, effective policies and unified power emanating from the grassroots to tackle these issues. We need a movement.”

Download and read the full annual report.

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 steadfast relationships with notable artists and their record companies through WhyHunger’s Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program, which have resulted in millions of dollars in aid to WhyHunger and other community-based members of their Grassroots Action Network. Noreen’s commitment to making nutritious food a human right by supporting sustainable, community-based...
For over 30 years WhyHunger's Hungerthon tradition has tapped into the power of radio personalities, listeners, celebrities and fans to raise $16 million for the fight to end hunger in America and the right to nutritious food for all. Each November, WhyHunger, its radio partners and celebrity ambassadors team up to raise awareness about hunger and poverty and to engage the public through radio broadcasts, merchandise, social media activation and an extensive celebrity-driven online auction. Funds raised are invested in long-term, community-based solutions to hunger that help communities across America. “We believe that hunger is a solvable problem and that nutritious...
This post was initially published by our partners at Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Wendy’s issues statement on boycott after months of silence. Silence was better. As we write this on Wednesday evening, the nation prepares (and by “prepares” we mean curls into the fetal position on the couch in front of the TV…) for the third and final presidential debate. But if you are like us and happened to catch Wendy’s new statement on the Fair Food movement’s national boycott, published yesterday on an obscure public relations blog dedicated to the discussion of Corporate Social Responsibility, then you were treated to a...
WhyHunger and Hunger Is are proud to support breakfast programs in NJ. The New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition is co-chair of the Food for Thought Campaign which has successfully increased the number of low income students eating breakfast by 75 percent. When the campaign began five years ago, New Jersey was 46th in the country for students receiving a free school breakfast. Adele LaTourette, the Coalition’s Director worked with Campaign co-chair, Advocates for Children of NJ, to form a broad based grassroots coalition that included parents, educators, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and several other local and statewide hunger/poverty organizations. National...
This article is a report back on the 8th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize that was originally published by the Community Alliance for Global Justice. Photos by Colette Cosner, Feed the Hood, Johanna Lundahl and Community to Community Development. Last week, representatives of over 20 organizations gathered in Seattle and Bellingham for...

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This spotlight is a feature of WhyHunger’s digital storytelling that showcases grassroots organizations and community leaders through dynamic stories and pictures, to give a real view of projects that are working to alleviate food insecurity and increase communities’ access to nutritious food. We believe that telling one’s story is not...

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Hunger and food insecurity affect 1 in 7 Americans today. Those affected by hunger are three times more likely to have diet related health problems like diabetes or hypertension. At WhyHunger, we support grassroots organizations working at the intersections of health and hunger. That’s why we’re excited to share this...

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WhyHunger has teamed up with concert voter registration organization, HeadCount, to bring voter registration drives to local food pantries across the U.S. in order to make it easier for their community members to vote. HeadCount traditionally hosts pop-up voter registration drives at over 1,000 concerts a year where their usual...

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What has the USDA’s School Breakfast Program (SBP) done for American children in its 50 years of existence? Find out in this new report by Janet Poppendieck, activist, author, professor emerita at Hunter College and WhyHunger Board Member as she examines the history, challenges, policy gains and role of advocacy...

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