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What We Do

Our Mission

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.


Our Work

WhyHunger brings its unique assets and history to building a broad-based social movement to end hunger. Our set of core values rests on the understanding that solutions and innovation are often found in the grassroots. WhyHunger's programs work to support these community-based organizations as they grow and develop, and bring new ideas and practices to creating a just food system that provides universal access to nutritious and affordable food.

As a grassroots support organization WhyHunger provides capacity building services, technical support, and access to information and financial resources to community organizations implementing new ideas and developing groundbreaking projects to transform their communities. We build networks of grassroots organizations that share a vision of healthy, sustainable and self-reliant communities leading to greater mobilization and stronger advocacy to end poverty and hunger.


Our Programs

The Nourish Network the Right to Food develops and distributes resources and supports peer-to-peer learning partnerships that help build the capacity of emergency food providers to address the immediate needs of struggling families and individuals while promoting community food security. Partnering with emergency food providers, food banks and national anti-hunger organizations, WhyHunger is working to transform the charitable response to hunger in the U.S. into a more equitable and inclusive social justice movement that recognizes nutritious food as a human right. Click here to learn more and get involved.

The Grassroots Action Networkworks in partnership with community-based leaders, organizations and networks to build a movement for a just and equitable food system in the U.S. By supporting and promoting grassroots leadership, WhyHunger works to build capacity for community organizing and to accelerate the collective impact of community - based strategies for food justice. Visit our Connect page to join the conversation, find resources and tap into our growing network.

The Global Movements Program supports and partners with social movements and networks to build international solidarity and advance the goals of food sovereignty and the basic rights to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods for all people. Click here to learn more about WhyHunger's work around the world.

The WhyHunger Hotline refers people in need across the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition programs and model grassroots organizations. Call 1(800) 5-HUNGRY or visit Find Food to locate a local emergency food provider and other support services.

Artists Against Hunger & Poverty offers artists, the artist community and the music industry the opportunity to use their voices to support the movement to end hunger and poverty. Over $13 million has been raised to support innovative and effective community-based organizations fighting hunger and ensuring the right to nutritious food for all in communities all across the world. Click here to learn how artists like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Chicago, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Brandi Carlile and more work with WhyHunger and what you can do to get involved.

The Food Security Learning Center (FSLC) is a web-based clearinghouse, covering topics on community food security, nutrition, federal food programs, race and the food system, the link between climate change and food production and more. You'll find research, policy, model program profiles, articles, links and ways to get involved. To get started learning about a particular topic or to browse the Food Security Learning Center, visit our Get Info page, WhyHunger's on-line tool for quick and easy research.This project is supported by the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Grant #2012-33800-20310.

Hungerthon® is WhyHunger's largest annual campaign featuring a series of fundraising concerts and events culminating in a national radiothon that has grown to become a Thanksgiving Day tradition, raising millions of dollars to combat hunger and poverty. Visit hungerthon.org for news, events, sponsorship information and volunteer opportunities.

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