WhyHunger Privacy Policies

Privacy Policy

WhyHunger respects the privacy of its online visitors. At our site, we do not collect personally identifiable information from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly. This means we do not require you to register or provide information to us in order to view our site.

WhyHunger only gathers personally identifiable data, such as names, addresses, zip/postal codes, e-mail addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by a visitor. WhyHunger lists are never sold to third parties. We will only share personally identifiable information with third parties when the person submitting the information authorizes us to share it, or when we are required by law.

IP addresses

WhyHunger uses your IP addresses to track website visitor traffic and to determine your geographic location while searching our Find Food database at networks.whyhunger.org. At any time we reserve the right to block an IP address if it is determined to be malicious or in violation of our website privacy policies.


Whyhunger.org and its associated website properties use your browser's "cookies" to help automatically provide you with better services and enhance your experience on our website. They remind us who you are and what your viewing preferences are on our website. The "cookie" is stored on your computer and is made available to our websites during your browsing session. Cookies let us track your website usage so we know which parts of our sites you visit most. You can reject cookies or cancel them by instructing your Web browser accordingly.

Texting Policy

Text messaging opt-in data and consent will not be shared with any third party. See our Mobile Messaging Terms & Conditions.

Donor Policy

WhyHunger maintains the highest level of respect for the privacy of its donors. In furtherance of our commitment to honor your rights, we have developed this Donor Privacy Policy to guide our staff on how they may and may not use your personal information. This policy may be updated from time to time.

What information we collect
WhyHunger collects and uses various personal information from donors including: name, amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments and e-mail address. Tax laws in the United States and the State of New York require WhyHunger to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.

How we use that information
WhyHunger will never sell, trade, rent or share names, e-mail or mailing addresses, or telephone numbers of our donors. WhyHunger will use donor contact information (e-mail, telephone number and address) for the following purposes only:

  • Distribution of receipts for donations
  • Thanking donors for their donation
  • Informing donors about upcoming fundraising initiatives and other activities of WhyHunger
  • Internal analysis and record keeping
  • Reporting to relevant U.S. and State agencies
  • Contacting donors about changes to this policy

Financial information

All access to donor financial information is strictly limited to professional staff who need to process those data. No such data are given to any person, organization or group who does not need to access those data.

WhyHunger only uses online payment processing services with world class security and strong reputations. WhyHunger does not store, nor does it have access to, your credit card information, bank account numbers, or other account data sent to those processing services.


When you submit sensitive information via our website we take every precaution to make sure your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted in a secure way. You can verify that your transaction is secure by checking for the secure lock icon in the address bar and looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are managed through Black Baud services offsite and are PCI compliant.

This website also contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Contact us

If you have questions about this Donor Privacy Policy or if you wish to be removed from our e-mail/postal contact lists, then please email [email protected] or write to:

505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10018

Endorsement Policy

It is the policy of WhyHunger to ensure that a broad range of information and opinions on the issues of hunger and poverty are available to the public through our Website.  WhyHunger; however, speaks for itself on every issue.  It neither endorses nor rejects the opinions of other groups or individuals unless it explicitly so states such endorsement or rejection.  The provision by WhyHunger of an electronic link to the Website of another group or individual is not to be construed as either an endorsement or an indication that the content of the linked site in any way represents the views of WhyHunger.

These policies were updated on 10/12/2023.