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I never met Harry Chapin, but because WhyHunger has been so profoundly shaped by Harry’s vision, values, energy, and music, sometimes it feels like I have. The more I learn about Harry, the more I see him everywhere—in ways both extraordinary and mundane.

When the WhyHunger staff gathers to fold and stuff thousands of thank you letters, someone always reminds us that Harry Chapin was the most efficient envelope-stuffer we’ve ever had. Despite his fame, Harry was never too important to lick stamps, give someone a ride, or invite folks to dinner. We hear this echoed over and over by all who met him - everyone seems to have a Harry story.

When the crowd rises from their seats at the end of WhyHunger’s annual Chapin Awards to link arms and join in a goosebump-inducing rendition of “Circle,” we remember the power of Harry's music to unite people, to tell the truth, and to move people to act.

When we see the movement growing and the tangible impact of WhyHunger's work, we hear Harry’s words echoing: “If we can get away from the uniquely American perception that if something can’t be done immediately it isn’t worth doing, then I think the hunger movement, this small but growing minority of us, can have a truly significant impact.”

As you may know, this Saturday marks the 35th anniversary of Harry’s passing, and we want to hear your memories of Harry: What did you love about him? How did he impact you? Which of his songs are the soundtrack to your life? Visit whyhunger.org/rememberharry to share your story.

We also invite you to help WhyHunger accomplish Harry’s vision by joining Harry’s Giving Circle, a special group of donors who understand that giving a little each month can make a big impact! In honor of this anniversary, we are asking 35 people to follow Harry’s philanthropic lead and join Harry’s Giving Circle.

We hope you will share with us in honoring Harry this weekend!

Each Thursday at Martin Luther King, Jr. elementary school in West Oakland, Monica Parks shows up before her three girls are out of class for the day. She sets up tables and a tent for shade. She displays cabbage, greens, onions, apples, oranges, tomatoes, avocadoes, mangos, cherries, and strawberries. When the students walk out of the cafeteria, they meet their parents on this concrete courtyard beside the flagpole and in front of the school walls’ murals of historic African-American figures. Monica waits there to sell the locally-sourced, pesticide-free produce. “I had one little girl come up to the table and look at...
WhyHunger is proud to join over 1,500 national, state and community-based organizations in signing onto the below statement opposing block granting for school meals. The statement, organized by our friends at FRAC (the Food, Research & Action Center), is an important step in protecting the health, food security and well-being of tens of millions of kids across the country. The United States has a history of strong bipartisan commitment to support effective programs focused on school nutrition ensuring that children do not go hungry and are prepared to learn in the classroom.  These vital programs are being targeted and are threatened...
It’s officially summer and that means a lot of different things for people. Unfortunately for the millions of children that rely on schools to get their breakfast and lunch meals, it means the time that they are the hungriest. But, we can all do something about it. Each year, WhyHunger teams up with the USDA and organizations across the country to help fill the gap during the summer. During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on free and reduced priced meals provided by the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, but only 18% participate in the...
WhyHunger’s Saulo Araujo is heading to St. Louis with the US Food Sovereignty Alliance to join workers, organizers, community members and allies from 50+ organizations across the country in a national action to demand accountability from “Bid Coal” to workers and their polluted and economically devastated communities.  Below is the announcement released by the Climate Justice Alliance/ Our Power Campaign and you can learn more and sign the petition here. ST. LOUIS, MO, June 21, 2016 — Coal-harmed workers, families and allies from 50 groups across the country will “knock at the doors of power” in Peabody Energy’s headquarters city on Friday, June 24th. This...
This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. One in five children in America lives in poverty. Summer is the time when more children are hungry than at any other time of the year because they are not receiving free school meals during the week. That means that their families have to...

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For Father’s Day we profiled a couple of our favorite guys, WhyHunger’s own (and new dad) Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau and SiriusXM’s Pete Dominick, host of “Stand Up! with Pete Dominick” about how being a father has changed the way they view the world and influenced how they fight for change and...

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It was a bright and sunny Saturday morning in mid-May when we piled into the back of my colleague's car and made our way out of New York City’s sprawl. Joining the team from WhyHunger was Raul Amorim, the Coordinator of the Youth Collective of the Brazilian Landless Worker's Movement...

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As an organization that believes in nutritious food and social justice for all, May 16th was a night to remember for WhyHunger as their annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards dinner commenced.  Allies and friends came together at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for an evening dedicated to celebrating activism and social...

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We are happy to share our animated video "If You Give Someone a Fish..." that debuted at the 2016 WhyHunger Chapin Awards and illustrates WhyHunger’s unique approach to solving the hunger problem and invites you to think beyond the familiar. The video was introduced by Executive Director Noreen Springstead. Here is...

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