WhyHunger Celebrates Yoko Ono Lennon, Patrick Sullivan & RightsFlow by Google, & Community-Based Food Justice Groups at 2013 Chapin Awards

On Wednesday, June 3, 2013 at Chelsea Piers, WhyHunger will honor activists championing the fight against hunger and poverty at the annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards Dinner, including Yoko Ono Lennon, wh

On Wednesday, June 3, 2013 at Chelsea Piers, WhyHunger will honor activists championing the fight against hunger and poverty at the annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards Dinner, including Yoko Ono Lennon, who receives the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, Patrick Sullivan and his RightsFlow colleagues, and the 2013 winners of the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award.

Hosted by three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, the event will celebrate inspiration and innovation in the movement for food justice, complete with dinner, drinks and music. Tickets are available at: //bit.ly/Ye7HCJ

Yoko Ono Lennon, a longtime partner of WhyHunger through the Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign, will be honored for her impressive achievements in the fight to end hunger and poverty, which include providing 6.8 million nutritious meals, as well as vital agricultural training for impoverished children in 19 countries around the world.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my work with the Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign,” said Ms. Lennon. “The campaign does more than just imagine a world without hunger; it works every day to end a problem that affects millions of children and families around the globe.”

Sullivan and the team at RightsFlow by Google, recognized as industry leaders in helping music creators receive compensation for their work, will be honored for their efforts as long-time supporters of WhyHunger’s Artists Against Hunger & Poverty program.

“We’re humbled by this honor and are committed to our support of WhyHunger in its efforts to end hunger and poverty around the world,” added Sullivan. “We believe in the importance of serving our community, and in the power we have to enact positive change, awareness and inspiration for those around us in need.”

Additionally, the evening will recognize the 2013 Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award Winners: Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR; La Mujer Obrera, El Paso, TX; Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Chicago, IL; Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Bloomington, IN; and SEEDS, Durham, NC.

The Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards pay tribute to grassroots, community-based organizations around the country working to end hunger and poverty and finding new ways to improve their community.

“From innovative ways to grow nutritious food to training programs that focus on health, economic development and activism,” said WhyHunger Co-Founder and Executive Director Bill Ayres, “this year’s honorees embody the idea that solutions to the hunger problem in our country must go beyond a charitable model of feeding to a model of building community power, addressing economic and social justice and nourishing whole communities.”

This year marks the 14th WhyHunger Chapin Awards Dinner, celebrating the continued national efforts in supporting grassroots solutions in the prevention of poverty and hunger.


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. Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin & current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger works to put an end to hunger suffered by 49 million Americans and nearly 1 billion people worldwide. WhyHunger’s main programs include the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY, which refers individuals in need of emergency food assistance to soup kitchens, food banks, government nutrition programs & community organizations in their neighborhoods; the Grassroots Action Network, which provides information, networking opportunities, capacity building & access to over 8,000 anti-hunger & poverty community organizations across the United States and around the world; and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty which is supported by Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Joss Stone, Darryl McDaniels, Jackson Browne, O.A.R, Tom Chapin, Jen Chapin and many others. For more information visit www.whyhunger.org