Storytelling

WhyHunger knows its important to amplify the voices of the people working to regain control of their communities' food. We believe that telling one's story is not only an act of reclaiming in the face of the dominant food narrative of this country, but also an affirmation that the small acts of food sovereignty happening across the country add up to a powerful, vital collective.

SAPNA
The apartment’s small kitchen steams with the flavorful scent of cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and garlic. Slender pieces Read more.
Community Servings
Community Servings (CS) has humble beginnings as a Jewish outreach organization responding to AIDS in the late ‘80s. To this Read more.
Urban Roots
Urban Roots (UR) began as a program of Youth Launch in 2008. After an affluent start to the 21st Century, Read more.
Santa Barbara Food Bank
Elisa had never heard of free food. That’s not why she came to America with her two young boys, age Read more.
WhyHunger Farmer Profiles: Molly and John Breslin
To reach Breslin Farms, you drive through what feels like a sea of corn. The northern Illinois land is vast Read more.
WhyHunger Farmer Profiles: Denise O’Brien
Denise O’Brien distributes vegetable shares to the members of her community supported agriculture (CSA) program from her former dairy barn Read more.
Sustainable Food Center
While the students at Pecan Springs Elementary School in east Austin went through their mid-day class routines, eleven women graduated Read more.
Richard Scott McKnight, Fisherman
Richard Scott hook and line fishes for king mackerel and red snapper on his fishing vessel Schatzi. He has been Read more.
Karen Washington, Urban Farmer
Karen Washington’s community did not have access to fresh, healthy food, so she started changing that, one garden at a Read more.
Juan Uyunka, Natural Doctor
Juan Uyunkar is an Uwishin, or natural doctor, of the Shuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. He has been trained Read more.
Dena Hoff, Farmer
Dena Hoff has been farming on Sand Creek Farm since 1981. She grows beans, corn, tomatoes and an array of Read more.
Ben Burkett, Farmer
Ben Burkett’s family has been farming since 1889. Over the years, each generation bought more land and he now runs Read more.
Ben Platt, Fisherman
Ben Platt is a second-generation fisherman on the fishing vessel Sea Star. He trolls for salmon and albacore, longlines for Read more.
Bob St. Peter, Farmer
Bob St. Peter is the director of Food for Maine’s Future, a board member of the National Family Farm Coalition Read more.
Ana Luisa Trevino, Retired Farm Worker
Ana Luisa Trevino came to the United States in 1972 from Matamoros Tamaulipas, Mexico. She was eleven years old at Read more.
Carlos Marentes, Farm Worker Leader
Since 1977, Carlos Marentes has organized work stoppages, aka “strikes” in the border region between the United States and Mexico Read more.
Chavannes Jean Baptiste, Farmer
Chavannes Jean Baptiste is a farmer and farm leader. Since 1972 he has coordinated the Peasants Movement of Papaye (MPP) Read more.
Joel Greeno, Dairy Farmer
Joel Greeno works 160 acres at Greeno Acres. He focuses on marketing high quality, fair trade milk and cheese. Joel Read more.
John Kinsman, Farmer
John bought his farm just after World War II and had been a dairy farmer ever since. His life was Read more.
Julio Cesar Moreno, Fisherman
Julio Cesar Moreno fishes for a variety of fish on his boat,ElUno. He is the spokesperson for the National Organization Read more.
Maria José dos Santos, Farmer
Maria José dos Santos and her husband, José Barbosa Soares, farm grains, fruits and nuts. They fight to maintain their Read more.
Máximo Cangá Castillo, Farmer and Fisherman
Máximo Cangá Castillo active with local, national and grassroots organizations. He is a leader in his community and has fought Read more.
Oscar Otzoy, Farm Worker
Oscar Otzoy came to the United States in 2006 from Guatemala. After working in the fields of Immokalee for some Read more.
Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project: Ingersoll Gardens
Brooklyn, NY A half-century of the American urban narrative has unfolded in the Brooklyn neighborhood below Edna Grant’s apartment. She Read more.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
Dr. Melony Samuels never intended to start a multi-borough food pantry and social service operation. She just wanted to help Read more.
Lake County CDC
Once leaving its headwaters in the abrupt, snow-capped Mission Mountain range of western Montana, the Jocko River carves out a Read more.
Food Bank of North Alabama
The world’s first food bank is not that old. In 1967 retired businessman John van Hengel was volunteering for a Read more.
North Tulsa EATS/Newsome Community Farms
Rufus Newsome presses his ear against the cold wooden side of a beehive. His massive hand nearly covers the top Read more.
Unity Barn Raisers
Hurricane Andrea drags its wet, car-wash stroke across Maine. The usually black, clear Sebasticook River running between town and the Read more.
American Friends Services Committee
Fidel Gonzalez started farming to save his house. He’d never farmed in his life. He’d never been to a farmer’s Read more.
Solid Ground : Seattle Community Farm and Good Food Project
Seattle can grow food. All that misty rain that never seems to go away in April and May just means Read more.
Staunton Creative Community Fund
The best ideas are usually the most obvious ones. Michael Reeps stood on stage in front of a crowd of Read more.
Zenger Farm
Zenger Farm turns 100 in 2013. In its lifeline, one can see a (admittedly simple) model of 20th century American Read more.
EcoTrust + Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission
Three brightly-colored nylon tents flap in the mild breeze. A tattered blue tarp hangs from the only shade- and wind-block Read more.
Minnesota Project
Vince Vang Lee Xiong and his mother stoop to pick shiny, metallic beetles off the leaves of broccoli plants. They Read more.
Soil Born Farms
In 2006, Soil Born Farm’s Food Access Coordinator, Randy Stannard, heard about a man selling peaches at a crazy low Read more.
Ecology Center + Farm Fresh Choice
“I started out just scrubbing walls,” says David McClellan, age 21. “Hours of scrubbing walls and painting classrooms.” If there Read more.
East Bay Asian Youth Center
Each Thursday at Martin Luther King, Jr. elementary school in West Oakland, Monica Parks shows up before her three girls Read more.
FareStart
A four-year-old carrying an adult-size food tray is a funny thing. It looks like a construction worker hauling a sheet Read more.
Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative
Since it’s below freezing, Rita and Barton Williams walk us into the greenhouse that sits to the side of their Read more.
Kerr Center for Sustainability: Global Gardens
When school lets out at Eugene Field Elementary School, the area does not become a ghost town that children run Read more.
Indian Health Care Resources: Food for Life
Ms Campbell’s Earth Science classroom in McClain Junior/Senior Magnet High School looks huge and spotless without the students in it. Read more.
Taos County Economic Development Corporation
The grim reaper of Taos County is a quiet, soft-spoken man who arrives to ranches in a giant white semi-truck Read more.
Rio Grande Community Farm
The rich floodplains along the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque look like they’ve been farmed since the dawn of time. Read more.
Rippling Waters Organic Farm
There’s nothing easy about farming. You can’t dabble in it. That’s gardening or plantation farming. Farming for real is a Read more.
Groundwork Lawrence
Manney Sicard, age 37, kept seeing people working in the garden behind his apartment. The lot had been another three-story Read more.
Vida Verde Farms – Earth Learning Center
Juan Lopez arrived to the US as an exile, with the Coast Guard flying overhead. He was in a twenty-seven-foot Read more.
International Rescue Committee
There are no FM radio stations when driving up the Pauma Valley from California’s Interstate 15. The straggly ends of Read more.
Community Services Unlimited: Village Market Place
Daniella, 18, used to ride her fixy bike all day, just to be outside. She doesn’t like being inside, it Read more.
Mariposa Community Health Clinic
The border town of Nogales, AZ has two lives, but they aren’t Mexican and American. Those two worlds seem to Read more.
Adelante Mujeres: La Esperanza Farm
For over a decade the field lay fallow, a broad meadow at the bottom of a long hill. Thick evergreens Read more.
Mandela Marketplace: WYSE and HENSA
You can’t ignore the fresh produce stand in the front of Bottles corner store at West Oakland’s 12th and Market Read more.
GRuB
Cody Van Meter’s favorite part of his Olympia, WA hometown is a rectangle of tilled earth that’s been growing food Read more.
Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA)
As we wrote a few days ago, several of us from WhyHunger were in Arizona last week for the Closing Read more.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Some towns need a revolution more than others. Birmingham, AL, at the turn of the 21st Century, was begging for Read more.