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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy, Unknown

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.

Results: Since it was founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger has: *Referred hundreds of thousands of people in need to emergency food assistance, government programs and local community-based organizations through the National Hunger Hotline. *Recognized over 150 outstanding community-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty across the United States through the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards. *Organized numerous lectures, workshops and tours for farmers, activists and educators from across the world to share their experiences, techniques and successes with their US-based colleagues through the Global Movements program. *Educated 1/2 million people per year on community food security issues, including community food assessment, community gardens, community supported agriculture, farm to cafeteria programs, food policy councils, land use planning, local & regional food systems, domestic hunger & federal food programs, migrant & seasonal farmworkers, nutrition and rural poverty. *Raised over $10 million for grassroots organizations throughout the United States through Artists Against Hunger & Poverty.

Geographic areas served: USA & Beyond

Programs: The global movements program - works through international and u. S. Civil society networks to link whyhunger's domestic work on hunger and poverty to global movements for food sovereignty and the basic rights to food, land, water, and sustainable livelihoods for all people.

artists against hunger and poverty/hungerthon - the organization forges relationships between artists and grassroots organizations to raise funds, collect food, and generate awareness in support of the fight against hunger in america and around the globe. Participating artists during this review period included bruce springsteen, michael mcdonald, jackson browne, darryl 'dmc' mcdaniels, crosby stills & nash, and others. This initiative helped grassroots organizations in the united states and others around the world who are helping thousands of people receive food, shelter, government benefits, as well as access to job training, agricultural programs, and the education they so desperately need to rebuild their lives.

national hunger clearinghouse - collects, develops and distributes information and resources to help build the capacity of emergency food providers to address the immediate needs of struggling families and individuals while promoting self-reliance and access to healthy food. The clearinghouse includes the national hunger hotline, (1-866-3 hungry or 1-866-348-6479), which refers people in need anywhere in the u. S. To food pantries, soup kitchens, government programs, and model grassroots organizations.

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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4



Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with World Hunger Year for 28 years. For the first 3 years I was a volunteer - and then I was invited to join the staff. I never cease to be proud of the quality and body of work WHY does. It motives me each day to want to raise money to keep us moving forward. I am impressed by our international work, our national work - and most especially by our hunger hotline.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience working with WHY has been phenomenal. The team at WHY are very professional and very compassionate about their jobs. I have personally worked with WHY on three separate fundraisers over the past couple of years: July 2008 in conjunction with the Crosby Stills and Nash concert, July 2009 in conjunction with the Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire concert and then this past November in conjunction with Carlos Santana. We have been very appreciative of the relationships we have developed as a direct result of the introductions made to us through our partnership with WHY.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

World Hunger Year and the Harry Chapin grants helped funded our gardening projects that have brought self-reliance to hundreds of people in Applachia Ohio. WHY is a great organization that really supports groups working at the grass roots level. The folks working at WHY have a huge heart for helping those who are hungry and in need. Thank you WHY for your support. Ronda Clark, Community Food Initiatives, Athens, Ohio


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

World Hunger Year has been a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty for decades, and an important resource for grassroots organizations empowering people to overcome the root causes of hunger and poverty. As a nonprofit tenants’ rights organization, we see daily the impact of paying rent on the quality and quantity of food people can afford. WHY’s work is critical in this struggle.