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The Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards (HCSRA) is a national grant program providing economic resources and networking opportunities to outstanding community-based organizations for their creative and effective approaches to fighting hunger and poverty in the United States.

Networking Day 4Cash grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded to ten community-based organizations around the country to support innovative programmatic work in the fields of hunger and poverty.

For more information, guidelines, and a downloadable Microsoft Word application, visit our web page at: /HCSRA.

WhyHunger’s 4th Annual Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards Networking Day brought in food activists from around the country to meet, swap stories, share innovative ideas, skills, tools and strategies for continuing to build healthy communities. WhyHunger staff and partners facilitated networking workshops and a local site visit to the pioneering Taqwa Community Farm in Bronx, NY. [nggallery id=12] Under the shade of the fruit orchard, founders Abu Talib, Bobby Watson, and Ocynthia Williams shared food and stories with the group. Taqwa’s flowering beds and bee hives dripping with honey proved to be an inspiring meeting place .  Once an empty lot that served...
On Monday, June 6th, our 2010 Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award winners were honored at our annual WhyHunger-Chapin Awards Dinner. The evening’s honorees included New York Times food writer Mark Bittman and legendary musician and activist Rubén Blades. HCSRA guest speaker Rosalinda Guillén, the Executive Director of Community to Community Development (C2C) in Bellingham, WA, poignantly and eloquently highlighted the critical importance of farm workers in our food system, and the need for www.. As an added bonus, C2C’s youth organizer Joaquín Martínez rapped about one of WhyHunger’s own heroes, Cesar Chávez. The moment was one of solidarity between the missions of...
Do you have a youth program? Are you looking for ways to engage and empower youth using food? Check out Food What?! in Santa Cruz, California. Over 300 youth participated in this year’s annual youth-organized Strawberry Blast! Read all about it here.   ...
In May the USDA introduced a new tool to help communities, city planners, researchers and policy makers locate “food deserts” in their own backyards.  The Food Desert Locator is an online mapping tool that highlights areas classified as “food deserts” across the country.  To use the map, enter the locator and zoom in to get a closer look.  Click on the areas shaded in pink to see a list of statistics telling you details about the community. To learn more about “food deserts,” visit the Food Security Learning Center to find out just what makes a community a “food desert,” why...

WhyHunger heads West!

BROOKE SMITH , JUNE 1, 2011 tagged as food deserts farm to cafeteria
WhyHunger recently paid a visit to the good people of the Central Coast School Food Alliance in Santa Cruz County. Read our postings for details of the visit and the partnership, and follow our path in pictures in the full photo gallery...   ...

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On Wednesday, April 27th and the following day, devastating tornadoes and thunderstorms struck the southern U.S. The damage was extensive, the death toll was high, and many more people were injured, with doctors comparing the injuries to those normally suffered by people in high-impact car crashes. I was deployed to...

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Yonnette Fleming is a long-time WhyHunger partner and Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award winner. Based in NYC, her work at Hattie Carthan Community Market in Brooklyn, New York has inspired community members for over six years. The garden "advances community resilience to the issues of food insecurity and health disparities...

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For over 35 years WhyHunger has been documenting and promoting the amazing work of community-based groups across the country, spotlighting model programs and best practices.  This year WhyHunger and Growing Power have teamed up to launch the Community Learning Project for Food Justice, a new initiative to build relationships, leadership,...

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WhyHunger is pleased to be partnering with Andrianna Natsoulas, long-time food sovereignty activist and author of the forthcoming book Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement.  For the past year, Andrianna has been on a journey across the Americas to capture the stories of people working towards and living...

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