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WhyHunger is proud to announce the launch of its new Find Food Texting Service that will allow more people than ever to find healthy food in their neighborhood via a simple text message! This is a national service that is critical in making food even more accessible to those in need and it eliminates the extra step of making a call. To find food all you have to do is text your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 to get an instant listing of places in your area that you can go to for food assistance.

As part of the Nourish Network for the Right to Food, the WhyHunger Hotline 1-800-5 HUNGRY (1-800-548-6479) refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs and model grassroots organizations nationally that work to increase access to nutritious food and build self-reliance. Help is available by phone Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST and now with the new text option, information can be retrieved 24/7.

In addition, WhyHunger continues to add resources (food banks, food pantries, food access sites) to its comprehensive Find Food Database of emergency food providers from around the US with the most up-to-date information about access to healthy food and nutrition services. If you need any further assistance, don’t hesitate to call our Hotline number directly, search "find food" or send a text!

If you think this is a valuable resource as much as we do, please consider helping us spread the word by downloading and sharing Hotline flyers to your networks and on social media. Available in English and Spanish.

Not long ago, Sriniti used to sit in front of a computer for hours on end writing code, helping others debug their computers and getting frustrated. Not anymore. Inspired by his supervisor, he is working his way out of the office and into the fields. For over three years, Sriniti has been cultivating a small piece of land that he inherited from his father. My team at WhyHunger and I visited him recently in India’s southern state of Karnataka to learn about his experience as a beginner farmer. “It is too hard” he said. “I thought it would be easy, but...
My name is Betty Fermin and I work at WhyHunger for the Nourish Network for the Right to Food. As part of my work I talk to people on our WhyHunger Hotline who are looking for food and manage the Nourishing Change newsletter which provides a space to share critical thoughts around the systemic change that needs to happen to end hunger and transform the emergency food system. Since I’ve started writing about how to transform the emergency food system, I have been thinking more and more about my personal connection to this work. The deeper I delve into the...
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 only an act of reclaiming in the face of the dominant food narrative of this country, but also an affirmation that the small acts of food sovereignty happening across the country add up to a powerful, vital collective. Up today: Urban Tree Connection, Philadelphia, PA. Story and photos by David...
Reposted with permission from Other Worlds, a women-driven education and movement support collaborative. This is the 5th in a 7-part article series featuring interviews with grassroots African leaders (mostly women) from Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Each is working for seed and food sovereignty, the decolonization of Africa’s food system and the preservation of traditional farming practices. The content below is from an interview with Mphatheleini Makaulele by Simone Adler and Beverly Bell. Mphatheleini Makaulele is an award-winning indigenous leader, farmer, and activist, and Director of Dzomo la Mupo, a community organization in rural South Africa. She is also...
Just released! We are excited to share a new report and video made in collaboration with WhyHunger and food access organizations from around the country that participated in the recent national Closing the Hunger Gap “Cultivating Food Justice” Conference. Special Report: America’s Food Banks Say Charity Won’t End Hunger calls...

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Interested in WhyHunger’s work? We are happy to share a recap of our 2015 impacts, ranging from supporting social movements to funding innovation to amplifying voices of those most affected by hunger. Thank you for your support!  WhyHunger is working to build and strengthen a grassroots led movement for food justice...

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This post first appeared in The Huffington Post. 1994 was an historic year in South Africa, the beginning of the dismantling of political Apartheid. The Anti- Apartheid Movement in South Africa in partnership with similar movements all over the world brought down the hated tyrannical government that had enslaved the Black...

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Stories on how WhyHunger is building solidarity with fishing communities in Sri Lanka. This is the 2nd in a 3-part series of articles on NAFSO and the communities whose rights it defends. In 2013 and in 2015, I traveled to Sri Lanka to meet with and learn from the National Fisheries Solidarity...

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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...

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