Nutritious Food is a Human Right
We've kicked off our annual Summer's Heating Up! Campaign.  Learn More on how you can join us in the fight against climate change.
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WhyHunger 's "Summer's Heating Up!" Campaign Tackles Agroecology as the Key to Fighting Climate Change
Our planet is getting hotter! Climate change is not only impacting food security, it’s threatening our whole food and farm system.

Join WhyHunger’s “Summer’s Heating Up!” campaign to learn about solutions to climate change that will nourish people and our planet, take action in your community, and help raise funds to scale out Agroecology and support local food and farm projects.

Your support will fuel solutions across the country and around the globe that are already effectively producing healthy food and reversing the effects of climate change. As an added bonus for your support, our Board has pledged to match all gifts dollar for dollar up to $22,000. Donate now and get your gift doubled!  
T he Results Are In! WhyHunger's 2019 Impacts
WhyHunger is proud of the impact of our work. We listen and respond to the needs of community-based organizations and social movements who are leading the way forward. Together, we are magnifying our impact and building solutions to hunger that transform and last.

A rtists Against Hunger & Poverty Continues Fundraising Efforts for COVID-19 Rapid Response
WhyHunger’s AAH&P Ambassadors have been busy supporting WhyHunger!
Check out what some of them have been up to in the recent weeks and months.



Rennie Pincus has been performing weekly livestream concerts in support of WhyHunger. His inspiring fans just hit a milestone in donations by raising over $3,000! Join Rennie for a relaxing Monday evening concert!
 
Tom Chapin and his daughters, The Chapin Sisters, have been a great pillar of strength for WhyHunger for many years. Their livestream shows called “Mornings with Papa Tom and The Chapin Sisters” take place from Tom’s living room on weekday mornings at 11am EST and during each show they ask their fans to donate to WhyHunger. You can tune into these shows at www.tomchapin.tv
 
New Jersey’s own Wigjam performed a livestream benefit concert presented by our friends at Let It Grow, Inc. The band performed at Garcia's in Port Chester, celebrating the 50 th  Anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s first performance in Port Chester, NY. We raised $12,000 in donations from Wigjam's performance!! You can still watch the show here !
 
Every week new songs are released via the  SongAid  platform with proceeds benefitting WhyHunger's Rapid Response fund. Have you been  #ListeningAndSupporting ? Check out the latest playlist today
Become a WhyHunger Student Ambassador!
Are you in school and looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Join our new Student Ambassador Program!

WhyHunger works hard to end food insecurity and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world, and we could really use your help. Your support is especially critical right now as we combat the hunger that millions of individuals are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to those that struggle on a daily basis.

As an ambassador, your goal will be to promote awareness of WhyHunger’s mission and encourage monetary donations by posting on your social networks. You’ll also have the opportunity to help keep the online Find Food Database updated and work the phone lines of the Hunger Hotline, as well as encourage others to donate their time and volunteer either virtually or in-person, on or off campus.

Hunger & Poverty News
Food Bank News:  Stealth Food Banks Serve the Undocumented
The secret food distribution program, which started two years ago and now serves about 160 families, came about when Dr. Ann Lopez, Executive Director of the Center for Farmworker Families, approached the food bank about the migrant farm workers who harvested food for a living, but were not being paid enough to support their families. The workers also felt they could not safely access food assistance. 

Modern Farmer:  Widespread Drought Could Mean Bad News for Farmers
Drought conditions throughout the country are reaching their worst levels in a decade. This summer, drought has hit large portions of the United States, especially slamming key pasture and ranges for ranchers. But crops are also seeing downward trends in quality thanks to the hot, dry weather.

Civil Eats: Black Lives Matter in the Food System 
During the first half of 2020, the disproportionate spread of COVID-19 in communities of color and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have drawn into sharp focus the systemic racism present in the United States—including in our food system.

New York Times:  Amid a Deadly Virus and Crippled Economy, One Form of Aid Has Proved Reliable: Food Stamps 
More than six million people enrolled in food stamps in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented expansion that is likely to continue as more jobless people deplete their savings and billions in unemployment aid expires this month.
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Repairing a Broken Food System in the Wake of the Pandemic: Could a Right to Food Framework Be the Way Forward?  

The rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has caused the number of people living in conditions of food insecurity to skyrocket, with experts predicting that the number of people suffering through severe food shortages will swell from 135 million to a staggering 265 million globally. However, statistics illustrate that food insecurity in the United States is not a problem that has emerged due to the crisis, but rather that the crisis has deepened preexisting fissures in our food supply chains and emphasized how inequitable and unsustainable our food systems already were.

Before the pandemic, the USDA reported that 11.1 percent of the country’s population was food insecure at some point during 2018, with a 2014 Washington Post report stating that roughly 46 million people — or one in seven US residents — depended on food banks or meal service programs to meet their required food intake. Since the pandemic, demand has skyrocketed. To illustrate, Christina Wong, the Public Policy Director at food bank Northwest Harvest, told Vox, “The need in our state has gone from 800,000 Washingtonians before Covid to 1.6 million people.”

Internationalism is Key in Amplifying Social Movements and Reshaping the Global Food System

Over the last half century, small farmers and fisher people across the world have increasingly been dispossessed of their land and denied resources while multinational food corporations have grown to be ever more powerful. In response, landed workers and fisher people began to organize. Yet in order to take on the global food system, they needed to mount an equally globally response. Local organizations came to understand this, and as a result, combined their efforts to form global social movements. One of the largest is La Via Campesina, or the International Peasant’s Movement, which represents the interest of peasant farmers around the world.

As part of WhyHunger’s mission to address hunger at its root causes, working with social movements across the world is one of our top priorities. Through our Global Movements program, we aim to provide social movements with logistical and financial support that is suited to their needs. Saulo Araujo is Director of the Global Movements Program at WhyHunger. We sat down with Saulo to tell us about how WhyHunger works with social movements to change the food system by empowering local farmers and ending our dependency on multinational food corporations.

Take Action
Join the Fight to Protect Farm Workers from Heat Stress

We invite you to join Florida farm workers in calling on lawmakers to pass common sense heat stress protections for outdoor workers. When farm workers cannot stop to drink water, they risk severe dehydration. When they cannot rest or find shade, they may experience heat stress, heat stroke, and even death. Excessive heat exposure can also lead to chronic dehydration and kidney failure. As our planet heats up, rising temperatures are expected to cause increased heat-related workplace injuries and illness. Simple solutions like access to water, shade, and breaks throughout the workday can be life-saving measures for outdoor workers. ​
No one should risk their health – and even their life – working to feed our communities.
Join the Farmworker Association of Florida and farm workers across the state in calling on lawmakers to pass heat stress protections for workers whose health is now more at risk than ever.  Click here  to learn more and add your voice!
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WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to  support grassroots   movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. We are working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world.
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