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World Hunger Year
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WhyHunger (formerly known as World Hunger Year, or WHY) is a non-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization working to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. The organization is based on the belief that solutions and innovations are often found in the grassroots, and therefore works with more than 8,000 community-based groups across the world. These groups help people to help themselves through food production, job-training programs, nutrition education, community economic development, healthcare workshops, youth programming, leadership development and more.


Founded in September 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin[1] and current executive director, radio host Bill Ayres,[2] World Hunger Year began as a commitment between two friends, and has grown into an award-winning global non-profit. After Harry Chapin died in a car crash in 1981, family, friends, fans and the music community worked to ensure that the vision of WHY lived on. Today, WhyHunger still focuses on several fundamental principles: working together to combat the root causes of hunger, poverty and injustice, supporting grassroots solutions and promoting self-reliance.


WhyHunger's programs work with community-based organizations to build capacity, multiply resources, share stories and develop connections to create a just food system that provides universal access to nutritious and affordable food.

Artists Against Hunger & Poverty

This artists program enlists performing artists to raise funds and awareness for grassroots organizations fighting hunger and poverty across the world. WhyHunger believes that music and the arts are an important tool in making a difference in the world. Artists Against Hunger & Poverty founding member Bruce Springsteen has raised funds and awareness for WhyHunger and their grassroots partners for the last 20 years. Others, including Jackson Browne, Brandi Carlile, Carlos Santana, O.A.R., Jason Mraz and Jen Chapin are just a few of the many artists who have joined WhyHunger in the fight against hunger. Additionally, celebrity chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and Food Network star Aaron Sanchez signed on as WhyHunger's first chef ambassador. He will take part in leading events to raise awareness and funds for WhyHunger's work to combat the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Global Movements

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 livelihood for all people. This program works to:

  • amplify the voices of grassroots leaders
  • raise awareness and support for global struggles
  • advocate for public change
  • build alliances across different sectors of the food system
  • support sustainable and just alternatives to the predominant global systems of agriculture, food, distribution and trade.

Grassroots Action Network

The Grassroots Action Network provides capacity building services, mentoring, training opportunities and technical assistance to transform communities and end hunger and poverty. With a network of more than 8,000 grassroots organizations, WhyHunger shares their innovations, mobilizes resources and connects them to each other in order to support their work to build healthier, sustainable communities that develop local food systems and strengthen local economies.

WhyHunger's Hunger Hotline

WhyHunger collects and distributes information about programs that address the immediate and long-term needs of struggling families and individuals. The national WhyHunger Hotline (1.800.5HUNGRY or 1.800.548.6479), refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance.

Recent Accomplishments/Campaigns

The Food Security Learning Center

The Food Security Learning Center is a web-based clearinghouse covering topics on community food security, nutrition, federal food programs, race and the food system, the link between climate change and food production and more. This site includes research, policy, model program profiles, articles, links and ways to get involved.


Hungerthon is WhyHunger’s largest annual campaign which has featured fundraising concerts, events and a national radiothon,[3] working with SiriusXM Satellite Radio,[4] New York City area radio stations: WCBS Newsradio 880, Sports Radio 66 WFAN-AM, 101.9 WFAN-FM, 1010 WINS, 101.1 WCBS-FM, 92.3 NOW, 102.7 Fresh FM, WOR 710, Q104.3 FM, Z100, 103.5 KTU, Power 105.1, 106.7 Lite FM, 1280 AM WADO, with support from NewsTalkRadio 77, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7 and 90.7 WFUV, and other regional stations and more. Every year the organization raises millions of dollars to combat hunger and poverty through Hungerthon.

Imagine There's No Hunger

Imagine There’s No Hunger is a global campaign inspired by John Lennon’s vision of a world at peace and free from hunger. The campaign works with Hard Rock International and Yoko Ono Lennon to help children throughout the world realize their own power to change their lives. Through Imagine There’s No Hunger, WhyHunger hopes to inspire children to engage themselves and their families as active participants in growing food in their school yard, establishing community farms and developing sustainable agroecological production methods. WhyHunger is ensuring that children have lasting access to nutritious food via long-term, sustainable solutions that rebuild local food and farm economies. Through Imagine There’s No Hunger, more than $5.6 million has been raised to fight childhood hunger and more than 7.2 million meals have been provided for children in need from 22 countries around the world. Each year, the campaign is highlighted in November and December, raising funds and awareness via celebrity events, the sale of signature John Lennon “Imagine” merchandise at Hard Rock properties across the globe and online action tied to the hashtag #ImagineNoHunger.

John Lennon App

John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes is an interactive app for iPod, iPad and iPod Touch that tells the story of John Lennon’s journey to Bermuda and creative renewal in June 1980. Integrating excerpts of Lennon's demo tapes, some previously unreleased, recorded in Bermuda with innovative game play and intimate documentary storytelling, the app features rare and unreleased rare photos, interviews and handwritten lyric sheets. Users can listen to John himself tell the tale of his journey as he battled storms at sea and found inspiration in Bermuda. The app was released in November 2013 and has since received high ratings[5] and was nominated for a SXSW Interactive Award.[6] All revenues for the app go toward WhyHunger and the Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign’s efforts to combat hunger and poverty. The album app is directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Michael Epstein and veteran digital artist Mark Thompson.

Reviews/Charity Ratings

Each year since 2011, WhyHunger has received the highest rating of four stars for excellence in fiscal management, accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. WhyHunger spends 89% of all funds directly on programs and only 11% on fundraising and administration. WhyHunger is a BBB accredited charity[7] and GuideStar named WhyHunger a Silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant, for demonstrating its commitment to transparency.[8]


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External links

  • Official website
  • Hungerthon
  • Imagine
  • John Lennon Bermuda Tapes app
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About WHES & Hunger Notes - Hunger Education - World Hunger News

Mission Statement

For the past 41 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that

  • educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
  • advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
  • facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
  • promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.

Board of Directors

Margie Ferris Morris (Chairperson), Steve Hansch (Secretary), Antonio Gayoso,   Sarah Polaski (Social Media Editor), and Kathy Pomroy (Treasurer). (For biographical information, click on the link.)

Past members of the Board include: Maurice Boyd, Dan Campbell,  Robert Drinan, S.J., Philip Hesser, Nadira Kabir, Nicki Lagoudakis, David Langhaug, Marjorie Lueck, Janna Marchione, Cheng Qiu, Diane Ray, Gloria Scott, Dan Shaughnessy, Kathlin Smith, David Thompson, Elizabeth Whelan, Linda Worthington, Chuck Woolery, Sally Rey Parkinson, Lane Vanderslice, and Tom Zopf.

WHES Associates and contributors

WHES Associates and contributors, through their financial support, play a vital role in sustaining the World Hunger Education Service and Hunger Notes, making possible the Hunger Notes website and other activities. More information.

Hunger Notes

Hunger Notes is an online publication of WHES. In print for 25 years, Hunger Notes is, as of 2001, a web publication. The year 2017 marks the 42th year of its publication.

Patricia L. Kutzner (deceased 2015), Founder

WHES has approved consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Contact WHES or Hunger Notes

P.O. Box 29015
Washington, D.C. 20017

E-mail: info@worldhunger.org

Telephone: 202-579-0849

Hunger Notes welcomes letters, articles or op eds

Send to:

Editor, Hunger Notes
P.O. Box 29015
Washington, D.C. 20017

Or E-mail to: editor@worldhunger.org

Consultation before submitting op eds is encouraged.

World Child Hunger Facts - World Hunger Education - World Hunger News
Invest in the agricultural supply chain and rural infrastructure (roads to transport food and ways to store food); Encourage the expansion of social protection (in some countries, in the form of cash transfers) for the poorest 2 billion in the world, creating the potential for economic growth so that poor households can afford proper food and medical care.

Action Against Hunger (Action Against Hunger, 2017)

  • Provision of local, accessible outpatient treatment for undernourished children (community management of acute malnutrition – CMAM);
  • Educating and supporting mothers in best feeding practices to ensure healthy child development;
  • Ensuring access to supplementary foods for particularly vulnerable populations;
  • Capacity building by training health workers to treat undernutrition and working to strengthen local health care systems.
  • (Updated July 2018 with the assistance of Crystal Lam, George Washington University, MPH candidate)

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