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We are happy to share our animated video "If You Give Someone a Fish..." that debuted at the 2016 WhyHunger Chapin Awards and illustrates WhyHunger’s unique approach to solving the hunger problem and invites you to think beyond the familiar. The video was introduced by Executive Director Noreen Springstead. Here is an excerpt from her remarks:

"Hunger is a solvable problem. Harry and Bill knew that more than 40 years ago, and I am more assured than ever that the solution is within reach. There is a growing awareness and acknowledgement in our society that our current systems are broken. Generations are coming together around the bold truth that we must ensure that EVERYONE has access to opportunity, living wages, racial equity, nutritious food, and to justice. We must push for those rights in order to realize the type of world that we want to live in. We are seeing solutions springing up in grassroots-led movements across the country and around the world. Those grassroots innovations and movements are strengthened when organizations like WhyHunger walk the road with them, support their efforts, amplify their voices and weave them together into movements that can reach farther, move faster and grow indefinitely. They need allies – and we need allies. First and foremost, we need the leadership of people most affected by hunger and poverty, frontline grassroots partners who can inform and inspire this burgeoning movement, and we also need you to walk this road with us."

We hope you find the video as inspiring as we do!  

Written by Kristin Schafer. Reposted with permission. This article was originally featured in the Pesticide Action Network’s GroundTruth blog. The science is in. Our food system's continued reliance on pesticides is putting children's health at risk. Kids across the country are exposed in various ways, but those who grow up in agricultural areas often face a "double dose" of pesticides from nearby fields. Rural children are — quite literally — on the frontlines of pesticide exposure. These are the key findings in the Kids on the Frontline report, released today in communities across the country. Our roundup of recent science powerfully underscores...
Our longtime friend and Board Member Joe D'Urso's 3rd annual Rockland-Bergen Music Festival is coming up on June 25-26, so I interviewed him to learn more about the festival and what motivates him to organize and include a cause-related element at his festival.   Why is it important for you to host an event such as The Rockland-Bergen Music Festival?    It’s a mixture of a few things. I’ve lived basically my whole life in that area, on the borders of those two counties. As a kid I grew up in Rockland, and the end of my street was Bergen. As an adult I...
WhyHunger’s What Ferguson Means for the Food Justice Movement series is a bold attempt to explore the way in which police violence and institutionalized anti-black racism is deeply interconnected to food, land and Black bodies. What is the connection between the death of Black people at the hands of the state (police shootings) and the death of Black people at the hands of the corporate food system (diet-related disease/land displacement/redlining)? To lift up critical voices of the movement, WhyHunger’s Beatriz Beckford facilitated a national call with dynamic organizers and activists across the country to gather a collective interrogation of these issues...
Since 1993, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive has been the largest national one-day food drive held in the U.S., allowing customers to place bags of non-perishable food items by their mailboxes before their letter carriers’ regular pick-up time, which the carriers will collect for delivery to a local hunger organization. This year, letter carriers have partnered with Amp Your Good to offer an exciting new donation option: For the first time, customers can also donate fresh fruits and vegetables to the drive. Beginning on May 1, anyone can visit www.StampYourGood.com to select and purchase the fresh food items...
This spotlight is a feature of WhyHunger’s digital storytelling that showcases grassroots organizations and community leaders through dynamic stories and pictures, to give a real view of projects that are working to alleviate food insecurity and increase communities’ access to nutritious food. We believe that telling one’s story is not...

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$26.9 million in grant funds will be distributed among eight grantees to continue administering pilots of the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) programs, providing summertime nutrition assistance to children who receive free and reduced price meals during the school year. These grants will extend benefits to new...

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This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. “It’s the economy stupid.” “End welfare as we know it.” These two quotes from the era of President Bill Clinton summarize two of what supporters and even many critics say were his two greatest domestic policy accomplishments. The economy certainly improved dramatically during his...

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Last week, we celebrated the critical donations of time and talent that so many give to WhyHunger and our partner organizations each year as part of National Volunteer Week. This week, we are lifting up the importance of volunteers once again in this Q&A with Kate Cahill, Board of Trustees...

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WhyHunger’s Community Partnerships Manager Suzanne Babb, recently spoke at Wholesome Wave’s Transforming Food Access Summit about the role and limitations of existing nutrition incentive programs to address the unequal access to good, fresh, affordable healthy food and the poor health outcomes that some communities experience as a result. Here is an...

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