Organizations: Hunger in the U.S.

Connect with anti-hunger organizations, research groups and federal nutrition services committed to ending hunger and providing resources for those who feel its effects on a daily basis.

Federal Nutrition Services

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
USDA’s TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Seeks to increase food security and reduce hunger by working with corporations to provide children and low-income people access to food and nutrition education. FNS administers the 15 food assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
NIFA addresses food security in many ways: through research, education and extension work within the Land-Grant University System partnership; through federally funded nutrition education programs in the states; through a grant program that funds private nonprofits to address community food security issues; and through partnerships across USDA.

The SNAP-Ed Connection
The SNAP-Ed Connection is a resource system for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program) nutrition education providers.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
See the home page for FDPIR, a Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations.

Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP)
Formerly known as the Nutritional Program for the Elderly. The NSIP is intended to provide incentives to States and Tribes for the effective delivery of nutritious meals to older adults. The NISP includes congregate meal sites (Community Cafes) and homebound meals (Meals on Wheels), which are federally funded.

The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
The Meals on Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest organization providing meal services in the United States. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The guiding principle to which it subscribes is to help those men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk.

Anti-Hunger Organizations

Closing the Hunger Gap
Closing the Hunger Gap is a network of food banks, anti-hunger advocates and food justice activists working to strengthen U.S. community food systems.

Bread for the World
A nonprofit working to change policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, Bread for the World urges churches and other organizations to write to Congress and amplify their voices for policy change. They support immigration reform as a way out of poverty for many people in the U.S.

Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry Campaign
The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

Oxfam America
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, Oxfam America works with people in more than 90 countries to save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change.

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
NFESH seeks solutions to prevent and end senior hunger by breaking “the lifecycle of hunger,” one community at a time. Through a cross-sector approach, NFESH engages local and national partners to translate and transform expertise, insight and ideas into sustainable ways to quash hunger.

Local Harvest
Local Harvest maintains a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets and other local food sources and connects consumers with local producers and family farms. Their goal is to create thriving community-based food systems.

Catholic Charities USA
Promotes innovative strategies that address human needs and social injustices, and advocates for social policies that aim to reduce poverty and strengthen communities.

A nonprofit agency that allocates donations from the Jewish community to nonprofit organizations providing food, help and hope to hungry people of all faiths and backgrounds in the U.S., Israel and low-income countries worldwide.

Salvation Army
An evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, the Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and numerous other humanitarian services.

Society of St. Andrew
A non-denominational Christian ministry that feeds the hungry by gleaning, or salvaging produce from farmers’ fields that would otherwise be left to rot because they don’t meet top-grade quality standards, and giving that produce to those in need. More than 90 percent of all funds raised by the Society of St. Andrew is spent on the direct delivery of food and services to the hungry.

Witnesses to Hunger
Started in Philadelphia in 2008, Witnesses to Hunger is a research and advocacy project partnering with the real experts on hunger—mothers and caregivers of young children who have experienced hunger and poverty. Through their photographs and stories, Witnesses advocate for their own families and others and seek to create lasting changes on a local, state and national level.


Research Organizations

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
An organization that carries out research and performs analysis on a wide range of government policies and programs, concentrating especially on issues that affect low-income to moderate-income people.

Economic Research Service (ERS)
Provides economic analyses on issues concerned with maintaining a safe food supply, addressing the needs of a healthy, well-nourished population, enforcing a competitive agricultural system, and enhancing the quality of life for rural Americans.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
A research center that serves as a connection among the many anti-hunger individuals and agencies across the nation to collaborate and work on promoting public policies to end hunger and malnutrition in the United States.


Updated 8/2014