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New York, NY (Dec. 21, 2016) – WhyHunger announced today that their annual Hungerthon campaign raised a record-breaking $1.1 million this year for the fight against hunger and poverty. Partnering with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, CBS Radio New YorkCumulus New York and iHeartMedia, funds were raised through a coordinated month long effort including radio broadcasts, merchandise, a live radiothon, social media activation and an extensive celebrity-driven online auction. WhyHunger staff, celebrity ambassadors and community-based partners also educated listeners and raised awareness about the important issues of hunger and poverty by participating in over 30 substantive radio interviews.

“This record-breaking Hungerthon is an incredible testament to the 31-year history of this important campaign and will fuel the work of WhyHunger and our community-based partners across the U.S. towards ending hunger and building social justice,” said WhyHunger’s executive director Noreen Springstead. “Our community of supporters, radio listeners, artists and celebrity partners stepped up to join WhyHunger in the critical work of building a just food system that upholds everyone’s right to nutritious food and we cannot thank them enough!”

Funds raised are invested in long-term community-based solutions that help people in need in communities across America. By resourcing, connecting and supporting the grassroots leaders who are nourishing our nation and transforming our food system, WhyHunger is working to create a powerful, vital collective to drive change and strike at the root causes of hunger, poverty and injustice.

With over 150 auction items and experience packages hosted on charitybuzz.com, this year's top items included:

• Bruce Springsteen Autographed 1952 Fender Reissue Telecaster Guitar
• BB King Autographed Lucille Guitar
• 2 Tickets to Saturday Night Live & Backstage Tour with Director Don Roy King
• Fender Guitar Signed By Green Day
• Guest DJ on SiriusXM's Big 80s on 8
• Join Hoda Kotb on The Hoda Show on SiriusXM Today Show Radio
• Lunch with Charles Osgood
• Tickets to the Season Finale of Survivor
• Ultimate Mets Package
• Visit WFAN Studio in NYC to Watch Mike Francesa Broadcast Live

2016 Hungerthon Ambassadors included singer/songwriter and actress Emily Kinney, singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and the rock band Switchfoot, who used their platforms to help raise awareness about the campaign and spur their fans into action.

Additionally, WhyHunger’s long-time board member and Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin joined the team at CBS Radio New York to support a live radiothon on Nov 22nd.

Special thanks goes to the thousands of individual donors who contributed, over 100 volunteers who gave their time and talents, our incredible radio partners; SiriusXM Satellite Radio, CBS Radio New York, Cumulus New York and iHeartMedia, and our corporate sponsor PSS Distribution Services for their support.

You can still get involved at Hungerthon.org through the end of the year and donations are accepted year round at WhyHunger.org.


About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. WhyHunger works to support, resource and build the capacity of community organizations and social movements that are changing the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. Together we are transforming our collective food system into one that is socially and economically just, nourishes whole communities, cools the planet and ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods. Learn more at whyhunger.org.


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June 13, 2017 (New York, NY) –The annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards took place at the Edison Ballroom and honored musician and Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, and grassroots partner Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger with the WhyHunger Chapin Award. Presenters included Questlove, GRAMMY Award winning musician, Culinary Entrepreneur and Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Barbara Turk, Director of Food Policy, Office of the Mayor, New York City.

Hosted by Pete Dominick, comedian and host of SiriusXM’s Stand Up with Pete Dominick, the event was a celebration of music, food and grassroots power that honored philanthropic and food justice leaders who are making a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty.

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger is one of the largest food access organizations in New York City that provides nutritious food with dignity for their clients while combatting the root causes of hunger. Through their flagship location, mobile pantry and two urban farms, they distributed nutritious food to provide approximately 3 million meals to New Yorkers last year. Their innovative programs include Green Teens; where each summer, youth aged 14-24 participate in a training program to learn farming and leadership skills.  

“We believe that supporting local, grassroots solutions that come directly from impacted communities is essential to ending hunger and poverty,” said Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director. “I am thrilled to be able to not only honor Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, but humanitarian and fellow activist Jon Batiste who uses his musical talent and platform to educate and fight for social justice.”

Jon Batiste, is a musician, educator and humanitarian from Kenner, LA who has created a signature sound that is true to his roots and is strongly committed to the education

and mentoring of young musicians. In addition to performing internationally with his band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, and as the music director and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Batiste is the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Sing For Hope, that brings the arts to New Yorkers of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

"I'm honored to accept the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from WhyHunger that recognizes my commitment as an artist activist,” says Jon Batiste. “I believe music has the power to change the world and I will continue to use my platform to inspire, educate and work to build social justice." 

This year marked the 18th WhyHunger Chapin Awards, celebrating the continued work in supporting innovative grassroots solutions for long-term change.

Special thanks to event sponsors ASCAP, Hard Rock International, Collection 18, Nanette & Eugene Johns and Heidi & Bob Wolk.

About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. WhyHunger works to support, resource and build the capacity of community organizations and social movements that are changing the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. Together we are transforming our collective food system into one that is socially and economically just, nourishes whole communities, cools the planet and ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods. Learn more at whyhunger.org.

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8th Annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER CampaignRaises Awareness and Funds Globally

Orlando, Fla., November2, 2015–Hard Rock is kicking off the season of giving by helping to nourish children and families worldwide with IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER. Inspired by John Lennon and his iconic song “IMAGINE,” the global campaign strives to turn his dream of a world with no hunger into a reality. For the eighth year, Yoko Ono Lennon joins Hard Rock International and WhyHunger in support of that mission. Proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHungerand its grassroots partners worldwide, working to advance long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance.

“Hard Rock’s IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign challenges us to help change the lives of hungry children and families all across the globe,” said Yoko Ono Lennon. “Together, we can work to create a hunger-free existence for all, and realize the peaceful world my husband, John Lennon, envisioned.”

With Hard Rock’s support through the years, IMAGINE has helped communities grow enough food to provide more than 9.8 million nutritious meals in 31 countries. The campaign has supported programs that taught more than 47,800 community members techniques for sustained food production and has raised more than $6.8 million to help fight childhood hunger.

“Through the IMAGINE campaign, we are taking action and fighting for the worldwide human right to nutritious food,” said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International and Global Ambassador for WhyHunger. “With the help of all of our guests, Yoko Ono Lennon and the team at WhyHunger, we can make a difference with real, sustainable solutions.”

“We have seen firsthand the impact teaching young people how to grow their own food can have on families and communities around the globe,” said Noreen Springstead, Executive Director, WhyHunger. “Together with our partners Yoko Ono Lennon and Hard Rock International, we can meet our goals and help raise millions to end worldwide hunger and poverty.”

Show Your Support

True to Hard Rock’s mottos, “Love All - Serve All” and “Take Time to be Kind,” philanthropy has been the soul of the brand since its founding in 1971, and now guests can join in the fight against childhood hunger and poverty. Beginning on Monday, November 2,2015, Hard Rock will offer limited-edition IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER merchandise, including a bracelet and T-shirt. For a $2 donation, guests can choose from an assortment of colored bracelets with 100 percent of funds raised benefiting WhyHunger. Additionally, 15 percent of the retail price of the IMAGINE T-shirt, which features the inspiring words “IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER” alongside a peace sign, will benefit WhyHunger. Merchandise is available for purchase at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world and online at www.hardrock.com.

Stay to Give Back

Guests and fans of Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos are invited to let their wish be heard with the IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER Wish Tree. Guests can make donations in the Rock Shop for a Wish Tag, then write wishes down and place it on the hotel’s Wish Tree. Funds raised through the purchase of each Wish Tag will go directly to support sustainable agriculture education and nutritional feeding programs around the world, through the partnership with IMAGINE. Wish Tag donations can be any amount, including $2 to feed a child for a day, $5 to feed a child for a week, $10 to start a family or community garden and $20 to start a school garden program.

As part of the 2015 IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, Hard Rock encourages fans to show their support by using the #ImagineNoHungerhashtag on social media. Whether sharing photos of Hard Rock’s IMAGINE merchandise or how they support the IMAGINE campaign, Hard Rock looks to its guests to join the fight and utilize the #ImagineNoHunger hashtag in their social media posts this season.

For additional information on the IMAGINE program, visit www.hardrock.com/IMAGINE.

About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin, WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. WhyHunger works to support, resources and build the capacity of community organizations and social movements that are changing the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. Together we are transforming our collective food system into one that is socially and economically just, nourishes whole communities, cools the planet and ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods. Learn more at whyhunger.org

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 204 venues in 64 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Lagos and Gran Canaria, Spain. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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WhyHunger’s 30th Hungerthon Campaign Kicks Off

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Annual NationwideHungerthon Donation Drive Hits the Airwaves

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Monday, November 2, 2015

NEW YORK, NY—2015 marks the 30th year forWhyHunger's Hungerthontradition that has tapped into the power ofradio personalities, listeners, celebrities and fansto raise $15 milliontofight for an end to hunger in America and the right to nutritious for food all.WhyHunger and its radio partnersteam up each November to engage the publicthrough Hungerthon radio broadcasts, social media activation and an extensive celebrityonline auction.Funds raised are invested in long-term community-based solutions that help people in need in communities across America.

“Hungerthonis an incredible opportunity to raise awareness about how hunger and poverty are affecting Americans and what people can do to make a difference,” said Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director. “With the help of the community and radio partners likeSiriusXM Satellite Radio, CBS Radio New York and iHeartMedia, we can continue to work across the country to build local power, support sustainable solutions to end hunger and help more familiesaccess nutritious, affordable food.”

With 48 million Americans struggling with hunger, WhyHunger asksupporters to join the campaign. Here's how to take action and contribute to WhyHunger’s work:

• Visit www.hungerthon.org this falland make a donation toreceive signature gifts such as a limited edition Bruce Springsteen 40th Anniversary “Born to Run” poster, John Lennon “Imagine” tee, infinity scarf and bracelets, 2015Hungerthon tee and more.

• Text the word WHY to 50555 to donate $10 to WhyHunger. Data &Msg rates apply, full terms at mGive.org/T

• Spread the word and join the conversation on social media using the #Hungerthon and #GiveThanksgiving hashtags.

• Tune in to Hungerthon on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, CBS Radio New York and iHeartMedia and more this fall.

 

Starting Nov 10th, visit www.charitybuzz.com/hungerthon to bid on exclusive auction items including autographed memorabilia and celebrity experiences. Included among the many items that will be up for bidding in this year's Hungerthon are:

• Bruce Springsteen Autographed Born to Run Poster

• Michael McDonald Autographed Piano Key

• Lunch with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau

• Meet & Greet w/2 tickets to sold out Fall Out Boy MSG show

• 4 first row tickets to NY Islanders game + team autographed hockey stick

• 10,000 Maniacs Autographed Guitar

• Brandi Carlile Autographed Guitar Additional Hungerthon auction items and events will be announced soon. Visit www.hungerthon.org for updates.

About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin, WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. WhyHunger works to support, resources and build the capacity of community organizations and social movements that are changing the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. Together we are transforming our collective food system into one that is socially and economically just, nourishes whole communities, cools the planet and ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods. Learn more at whyhunger.org.

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Jen Chapin Returns to her Roots to Perform a Long Island Benefit for WhyHunger on May 24

April 18, 2014

Centerport, NY - Singer-songwriter Jen Chapin continues her Reckoning tour with a Long Island Benefit for WhyHunger at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R.C. Church on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. As much as an artistic legacy, the roots of Jen's upbringing in Huntington, New York, have inspired her "potent, jazzy, layered folk" (Newsday) songs and a lifetime of passionate activism, through ongoing work with WhyHunger, a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty (co-founded by Jen's late father Harry Chapin and Executive Director Bill Ayres).


WhyHunger's Hungerthon Auction 2013 Launches on SiriusXM December 2, 2013

Hungerthon auction items include autographed items from Eminem, Gavin DeGraw, The Fray, Kelly Clarkson and other superstars; the chance to play ping pong with Lady Antebellum; tickets and the opportunity to meet Kings of Leon, Armin van Buuren, Willie Nelson, and Imagine Dragons Auction items also include opportunities to co-host, guest DJ or sit in on Opie & Anthony Show, Elvis Radio, Sway In The Morning, Jason Ellis, Grateful Dead Channel, Pete Dominick, Pearl Jam Radio, Cousin Brucie, and Entertainment Weekly Radio

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:11

Aarón Sánchez Joins WhyHunger as Chef Ambassador

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Aarón Sánchez Joins WhyHunger as Chef Ambassador November 26, 2013

In his new role, Sánchez -America's premier Latin chef and star of Food Network's hit series "Chopped" -will help lead events throughout the year to help raise awareness and funds for WhyHunger.


JOHN LENNON: THE BERMUDA TAPES, AN INTERACTIVE ALBUM APP AVAILABLE NOW

November 14, 2013

John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes," a new, groundbreaking interactive album app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, is now available exclusively on the App Store.


YOKO ONO LENNON COLLABORATES WITH HARD ROCK AND WHYHUNGER TO "IMAGINE" A FUTURE FREE FROM HUNGER

November 4, 2013

In a time where 1.4 billion people live below the poverty line, 820 million people are undernourished, and 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes every day, it's hard to imagine John Lennon's vision of a world with no hunger.


FOOD SOVEREIGNTY PRIZE HONORS GLOBAL PEASANT MOVEMENTS AT CEREMONY FEATURING SHIRLEY SHERROD, MARTHA REDBONE, JEN CHAPIN

October 15, 2013

Grassroots Groups in Haiti, India, Mali, and Basque Country Gain Awards for Combating Hunger through Economic Justice; Sharp Contrast to World Food Prize Honoring of Monsanto and Syngenta

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