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What You Can Do To Help End Hunger


Last weekend our Senior Director of Programs, Alison Cohen, sat down with ABC7 News Chicago to talk about five ways we can all have an impact in ending hunger both during the holidays and throughout the year:

1. Power up your Food Drive! Instead of a canned food drive, consider collecting financial contributions to make your dollar go farther and your contribution healthier.

2. Volunteer in October…or February! Many people like to volunteer on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but food banks and soup kitchens need dedicated volunteers and volunteers with specialized skills year-round.

3. Step into the Garden! Volunteer your time and talents or make a donation to a local community garden, co-op, urban agriculture program or farmers’ market.

4. Go Beyond Charity to Social Justice! Food is at the center of the larger fight for justice. Remember that racism and poverty are the root causes of hunger and food insecurity and looks for ways to advocate, support and elevate those struggles!

5. Choose Gifts that Give Back We’ve partnered with Chamilia Jewelry to create a beautiful sterling silver charm engraved with the words “Give thanks.” Each purchase donates $4 to our programs, and is a daily reminder to live a thankfully.

WhyHunger was in the windy city as part of WhyHunger’s Midwest regional gathering, we connected with 14 incredible community-based groups to share best practices, build relationships and strategize around successes and challenges in the fight for food justice from the ground up. To add some real hands on learning to our 2 day gathering, we visiting local innovative grassroots organizations, Growing Home and Growing Power. Supporting organizations like these is a great way to get involved, from helping to weed a garden or donating to job-training programs.


This month the federal government released two reports which show success as well as challenges for the food justice movement. Real impact has been made in reducing food insecurity and poverty over the past two years. But pre-existing food and economic injustice remains and despite improvements most Americans are poorer and hungrier than before the recession. These recent gains are being lauded as the work of a strengthening economy, but it isn’t just the shifting of markets and decisions of politicians that brought this about. Grassroots organizations, progressive allies and social movements have been working for years to change our...
"Everything the people have comes through struggle." WhyHunger supported the Assembly of the Poor (AOP) through our International Solidarity Fund and went on a site visit to learn from the villagers about their struggle and how they are fighting for food sovereignty. Below is a personal account and pictures from Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau's experience.  When the peasants in Chongtuko village were forced out of their homes and off their farms in 1993, they had nowhere to go. The Thai military wanted their land to use as a training field, and the villagers did not know how to solve their problem. After years...
WhyHunger partner Community to Community Development (C2C) and the Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) just announced an important victory in their struggle against Driscoll’s Berries to achieve farmworker justice for the workers at Berry Farm. We congratulate them on this win and look forward to more!  Here is the announcement:   Today, 9/22, Edgar Franks, organizer with Community to Community Development (C2C), the support organization for Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) reported on historic next steps following the culimination of FUJ’s organizing campaign. The farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm voted in a historic secret ballot election to have Familias Unidas por la Justicia represent them in negotiations for a...
This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. Doctor Norman Borlaug the Father of the Green Revolution founded the World Food Prize in 1986 to promote the work of scientists and agricultural organizations that promote the production of food through technology. Over the years the prize has been given to dozens of top agricultural scientists and organizations which have pioneered biotechnological solutions for increasing food production, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Yet the solutions and science honored at these ceremonies aren’t solving the hunger problem in our world. The Food Sovereignty Prize begun in 2009 to champion social movements, activists...
There are few things meant to be as fundamentally universal, as natural and unwavering as human rights. Here in the U.S. we hold these basic, inalienable rights at our core. We’ve used a framework of rights to found a nation, to build our political systems and to develop a shared...

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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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This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. How can the richest country in the history of the world that has an abundance of food have so many hungry people? Who are they? How can we change this grave injustice? Even after a substantial recovery from the Great Recession we still have...

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Eighth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize Honors Grassroots Organizations Calling Big Ag’s Bluff SEATTLE, WA, August, 31 2016 ­– The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is pleased to announce the honorees of the eighth annual Food Sovereignty Prize:  the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and the Farmworker Association of...

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At WhyHunger we strive for cross-collaboration among programs, understanding that as we build a movement to end hunger and poverty it is critical for domestic and international organizations to build solidarity. This often involves finding a way for food justice and food sovereignty organizations to build relationships and learn from...

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