WhyHunger Announces Amplified: The First Annual Hungerthon Kick-off Concert

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WhyHunger Announces Amplified: The First Annual Hungerthon Kick-off Concert

Anti-hunger organization to host fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl with Eric Krasno and friends, Celisse, Matisyahu, Emily King, Molly Tuttle, Robert Randolph and more

NEW YORK (October 17, 2023)WhyHunger, a non-profit working to end world hunger and the injustices that cause it, is excited to announce Amplified, an inaugural concert to kick off Hungerthon on November 1st, 2023 at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Tapping into the transformative power of music, Amplified will raise awareness about the solutions to hunger and its root causes. As part of WhyHunger’s 38th Hungerthon campaign, the concert event will jump start the holiday season of giving.

The event will showcase an array of talented artists and performers who have united behind the vision of a world without hunger, where all people have access to nutritious food. Musical performers include Eric Krasno & Friends featuring Ivan Neville, Tony Hall and Nikki Glaspie with special guests Celisse, Matisyahu. Newly added special guests include Emily King, Molly Tuttle and Robert Randolph.

Additionally, the event will consist of a VIP pre-show experience and a multi-artist concert.

“We are excited to launch Amplified, the first annual concert to kick-off Hungerthon, with the urgent message that hunger is solvable and our food systems must change,” said WhyHunger Executive Director Jenique Jones. “We encourage anyone who is passionate about justice to join us in the movement to build a just and hunger-free world, as music has always been a powerful soundtrack to social change.”

Music is in WhyHunger’s DNA. Founders, musician Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, embraced music’s power to unite people, inspire action, and uplift communities when they formed WhyHunger around a kitchen table in 1975. Since its start, WhyHunger’s Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program has engaged countless musicians to amplify movements for better food systems and has raised millions for WhyHunger’s community-based partners and programs to end hunger and injustices that cause it.

“Music powers movements. It is a core piece of our history and deeply ingrained into the fabric of WhyHunger,” said Hillary Zuckerburg, Director of Artists Against Hunger & Poverty at WhyHunger. “We’re thrilled to add to our story with Amplified, an intimate and unique concert event bringing together an incredible array of musicians who are equally as passionate as we are to envision and build a world where everyone has access to nutritious food.”

“I’ve always admired WhyHunger’s co-founder Harry Chapin and the organization’s vision to find solutions to the massive hunger issues in this country. Chapin and WhyHunger recognize the influence artists have to raise awareness and harness that to nourish people and build community. I’m excited and honored to be the Musical Director at WhyHunger’s benefit concert this year,” said Eric Krasno, Amplified’s Music Director.

Tickets can be purchased HERE. Funds raised will directly support WhyHunger’s work to end hunger and protect the human right to nutritious food. For more information visit WhyHunger.org/Amplified2023

About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger funds and supports community solutions to protect the human right to food. In nearly five decades of innovation and evolution, our programs and our grassroots partners in 24 countries have expanded agricultural practices that are better for the planet, helped communities address the root causes of hunger, and ensured access to nutritious food for millions of people. As a grassroots support organization, we stand behind the leadership of the people most impacted by hunger and injustice. We prioritize providing resources to support the rights of communities who have been historically excluded from defining and controlling their food systems. We advocate for workers’ rights and champion agroecological food production that unites science and sustainability with Indigenous knowledge and wisdom. Together we can build socially and economically just food systems that nourish all people and the environment. Learn more at whyhunger.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram.