Who We Are
WhyHunger is a grassroots support organization working to build and support resilient, powerful and unifed networks of grassroots leaders and communities working at the intersection of the root causes of hunger and poverty to build and strengthen social movements worldwide. WhyHunger envisions that these movements will transform food systems into ones that are socially and economically just, nourish whole communities, and ensure the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods.
WhyHunger's Vision: Long-Term Change
Hunger persists in our world because people cannot afford to buy food or because they are denied access to the land, water and other resources they need to produce their own food. Hunger is not just a food issue, it’s a complex economic, social and environmental issue. We will not see significant improvements in the hunger statistics in this country until we dismantle the broader policies that perpetuate hunger and start investing in the many communities that are working at the intersection of those sectors to nourish people and change their local food systems.
While government nutrition programs and emergency food distribution remain essential to keeping families, veterans, seniors, working adults and children nourished and healthy, it is time to embrace a long-term vision for community food security.
This vision includes:
- A living wage
- The right to nutritious food for all
- A clear plan to increase access to jobs and affordable housing
- Investment in local food and farm economies
- Support for community-based programs and social movements
- Policies and practices that mitigate climate change
- Strengthened and improved government safety nutrition programs
- A shift in our food system, to a food justice model that nourishes whole communities and values people over profits.
- Community food security where all people have access to a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community power and social justice.
Download WhyHunger's Theory of Social Change
What We Do
Our theory of change lifts up the strategic importance of broad-based social movements for achieving and sustaining our mission and vision. WhyHunger’s programs are in service to supporting and building grassroots-led movements that will end hunger and poverty and build a new society that ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods.
WhyHunger's programs and strategies coalesce around 3 strategic goals:
- Movement Building – Build and strengthen grassroots-led movements for food justice and food sovereignty worldwide.
- Social Justice - Work for social justice by addressing the root causes of hunger and the deep inequities of poverty at the intersection of economic inequality, racism, health and the environment.
- Human Rights – Work to protect and advance the right to nutritious food for all.
Specifically, WhyHunger’s Work Aims to:
- Mobilize, coalesce and build the capacity of organizations, communities, and funders invested in food justice and food sovereignty around the nation and in the Global South.
- Support grassroots leaders to invest directly in their local communities and to participate in building a movement for food justice and food sovereignty.
- Support and strengthen international solidarity between social movements in the U.S. and the Global South
- Strengthen the capacity of social movements in the Global South to support communities in developing agroecological practices, educating and organizing with each other, and advocating for themselves
- Support emergency food providers to improve their capacity to source, prepare and distribute healthy and nutritious food to their clients, improving health outcomes
- Shift the role of food access organizations in the United States to advocate for the right to food and to address the root causes of hunger
- Leverage and mobilize the resources of artists, funders, and other NGOs in direct support of and in solidarity with our partners
- Work at the intersection of racial justice, public health, environmental and climate justice, and economic justice
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