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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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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WHY has been helping people for over 3 decades. Their goal isn't to feed people, but to help people learn to feed themselves. Their grassroots efforts to educate the public about hunger, the causes, and the sustaining potential solutions are critical in today's world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WHY is an excellent and incredibly important organization that works on a grassroots level to address the root problem with hunger and poverty. They are a highly organized, efficient group of folks that understand you must approach the issue of hunger and poverty from across several different disciplines and with a wide array of tools -- an essential understanding of these intertwined issue. Each member of the staff I met during an event was passionate and committed, and most importantly, focused. Needless to say, they are performing some essential work, and doing a fantastic job as they do it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WHY is doing the type of work that needs to be done in this country -- and often falls through the cracks. They deserve to be recognized for their important contributions to the lives of so many people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was recently involved with WHY through the band that I work with and their involvement with the Hard Rock Cafe's IMAGINE THERE'S NO HUNGER program. We had an amazing opportunity to go and do two site visits at New York City urban farms last month. It was incredible to see what these communities were able to develop in the most unlikely of places such as an abandon lot or a space adjacent to a NYC subway stop. With the help of WHY these farms are providing so much to the community: wonderful fresh produce, work skills for teenagers, involvement of the whole community including preschoolers and seniors, and so much more. The team of people working at WHY are a great group of people and so dedicated and passionate about the work that they do. I really look forward to working with them again in the future and continuing to help support WHY and their amazing programs.