Our 3 hand-picked Charities for Hunger in America
To end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.
WhyHunger is a grassroots support organization that works with more than 8,000 community-based groups across the US and the world to fight hunger and poverty. Founded by two friends, the late musician Harry Chapin, and the current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger has become a leader in the movement to end hunger and poverty while creating a sustainable food system.
The organizations that WhyHunger supports go beyond giving people emergency food, and help people to help themselves. Job-training programs, nutrition education, youth programming, and leadership development are just a few of the areas the grassroots organizations that WhyHunger’s support touches on.
Additionally, WhyHunger operates a series of extensive programs that provide additional support. One that is especially helpful to all food-insecure Americans is the National Hunger Clearinghouse, which provides the only National Hunger Hotline (NHH).
By calling 1-866-3Hungry, callers are directed to a live operator who can provide crisis counseling and direct them to food assistance in their local area. Often the majority of the callers are people that most wouldn’t expect: seniors, veterans and working families that simply don’t have enough money to buy food.
Because the hotline receives calls from around the country, it is able to articulate a clear picture of hunger in America. In this way, the NHH is not only a resource for the individuals calling in, it is also a resource to the organizations and government programs that are set up to help feed the food-insecure. Just last summer the USDA partnered with the NHH to give out information on summer food service programs that help to feed children when school is out of session.
With over 35 years of supporting local and global solutions to the hunger problem with programs like The National Hunger Hotline, WhyHunger hopes to end the root causes of hunger.
AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide campaign that works to diminish hunger and malnutrition in America by making it easy for millions of backyard gardeners to find a food pantry where they can donate their excess garden bounty.
Serving all five boroughs, The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) works to meet the needs of the hungry locally, while finding long-term solutions to help low-income families move beyond the soup kitchen on the national level.
WhyHunger works with more than 8,000 community groups across the US and the world to fight hunger and poverty. For more than 35 years, they've found local and global solutions with programs like the National Hunger Hotline, to end the root causes of hunger.