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10 Celebrities Fighting Hunger in America

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2012 has been the year of the celebrity engagement and wedding — who didn’t get married this year? From Justin Timberlake to Anne Hathaway to Amber Tamblyn and Reese Witherspoon, tying the knot was apparently the trendy thing to do. Even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got engaged this year — not to mention Jennifer Anniston.

But while these celebrations were making waves all year, other headline-worthy news was overlooked. Like the story about Kevin Bacon and Jeff Bridges launching the "Six Days of Good for Hunger" campaign that raised nearly $5 million or 50 Cent and Josh Groban teaming up to talk hunger awareness for Feeding America. While celebrity weddings, engagements, and babies are uber-buzzy, these are the headlines to watch.

Sure, the last thing you want to hear about is another actor who thinks he or she knows everything about politics. But there are some celebrities who do more than just talk. These stars view their popularity as an opportunity to really effect change. Some, like Jeff Bridges, have been fighting the good fight for a long time. Bridges founded the End Hunger Network in 1983 to raise awareness about the woes of childhood hunger. He's also now the national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign.

George Clooney is another prime example. He has spent years devoting energy to fighting homelessness in America through the Realizing the Dream campaign, and his own charity, Not On Our Watch, has donated millions of dollars to help those suffering in Sudan, with much of the funding going through the United Nations World Food Programme.

Other actors have taken a heavy-footed stance on these issues as well. Good Will Hunting costars and cause regulars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are longtime supporters of Feed America's cause and singer Josh Groban joined them this year in the fight as well.

But it's not just actors doing their part to tackle these important issues, it's musicians, too. Bret Michaels asked fans to donate non-perishable items when attending his concert this in September. In addition, ongoing activist Jon Bon Jovi's restaurant with the JBJ Soul Foundation is open in Red Bank, N.J., and continues to thrive. The restaurant, called Soul Kitchen, runs somewhat like a soup kitchen. The menu doesn't have prices; if you can't donate cash, you can volunteer instead.

50 Cent, known for his signature bad-boy demeanor, is using his Street King brand to feed 1 billion children in five years. To date, that program has supported the creation of more than 3.5 million meals.

Other musicians and bands use their abilities to raise awareness as well. Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, a WhyHunger activist, is performing at the fourth annual Food Sovereignty Prize, which champions the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture policies and the grassroots groups that defend it. Colbie Caillat recently sang at the Heifer International’s dinner, "Beyond Hunger: Place at the Table."

Feeling inspired to help? Find out 44 Things You Can Do to Fight Hunger in America.


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WHERE WE BEGAN

U.S. Hunger began “around the table.” Our founder started the organization in 2010 around his kitchen table to send meals to the earthquake-ravaged villages in Haiti. Over the last decade, millions of meals have been distributed across the globe and right here in the United States. As a homage to our founding name, Feeding Children Everywhere, we will continue to serve hungry children around the world.

IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

140 M+

830 K+

113 K+

Full Cart® Packages Delivered

MAP OF IMPACT

Operating with an international footprint, we distribute our food to specific geographic locations around the world and across the country while collaborating across our network of partners to identify and address root causes of hunger.

ROOT CAUSES OF HUNGER

Our food is just the beginning. Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are underlying poverty-driven socioeconomic factors that force people to seek food in the first place. We are using our food as a platform for working with partners to identify and help provide solutions for addressing the FIVE major determinants, which are economic and social health promoting factors that best determine how we all live and work.

We understand that we have an obligation to not just feed people, but to address the Issues in relationship with one another.

JOIN OUR VILLAGE

It takes a village to fight food insecurity, yet, increasingly in America’s priority populations, the village is missing. At U.S. Hunger, we are building a village of corporate and community partners who directly address those socioeconomic issues that make people hungry in the first place. Together, we are building this village on the foundation of teamwork.

Join our village of corporate and community partners

Here are just a few of the stories that have been impacted by Hunger Heroes like you.

“I received the box of food today, I am so appreciative. Last year I became disabled after 31 years in the medical field. I have a teen child with Cohens syndrome I am also caring for. Food prices have risen since Covid, and I’ve barely had enough to keep us afloat. I never expected to find myself in a position where I couldn’t afford basic life needs, so this is wonderful..thank you so much.”

Melissa

“Thank you so very much for your kind and generous donation. It is truly appreciated by myself and my family. Now that I’m aware of this program, once I’m able to get back on my feet I will make sure that I give back as well so that other people can benefit from this great generosity that I am about to receive. Thank you again. blessings to all.”

“We are unable to easily access the grocery store due to a car accident, so items are thin or not available when we are even able to make it there. Thank you so much for giving my family a chance during these hard times”


Letters: Celebrity chefs who fight hunger

Nina Burleigh contrasts the decadence of chefs preparing gourmet food on TV with America’s hunger problem. But celebrity chefs and others in the food community are passionately involved in fighting hunger.

Wolfgang Puck has raised considerable sums for St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels. Food truck fans also support Meals on Wheels when they eat at the Cart for a Cause truck. Los Angeles chefs, food writers and bloggers plan events year-round that benefit hunger-fighting organizations.

Jamie Oliver recruits at-risk youth to train for culinary careers in his Fifteen restaurant, while in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries has widespread support for its job training work.

The chefs are already fighting hunger. Perhaps their shows should include a call to action on their end credits and on their websites to get viewers to support these efforts.

The writer is a senior editor at Variety and editor of the blog EatingLA.com.

I appreciate Burleigh highlighting that hunger in the U.S. is a problem that has grown significantly since the onset of the Great Recession.

There is an abundant supply of food for the 50 million Americans who are designated as “food insecure” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, even with shows that glamorize the preparation of food. Sadly, the resources required to acquire and distribute this food have tightened recently for both charitable and government programs, as the effects of the recession impacted these programs.

Decisions make a big difference — both the larger policy decisions made by Congress and the philanthropic decision made by an individual to donate funds, volunteer time or advocate for policies that can change the current reality.

There is a great deal of work ahead of all of us, but the choices we make can lead to an end to hunger in the U.S.

The writer is president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.


Ina Garten & More Celebs Design Williams-Sonoma Spatulas to Fight Childhood Hunger

You may already have a spatula in your kitchen drawer, but who says you can&rsquot have two (or three or four&hellip)? Because, honestly, we want all of these.

Williams-Sonoma and 15 celebs joined No Kid Hungry to help fight childhood hunger. How, you ask? By releasing an exclusive line of celebrity-designed spatulas &mdash and they&rsquore all absolutely adorable (especially Ina Garten&rsquos!).

“My spatula reminds me that we’re all connected, which means that at this moment, you and I are connected to a hungry child,&rdquo says Kevin Bacon on the Williams-Sonoma website.

This isn&rsquot the first time Williams-Sonoma has asked celebs and chefs to design special spatulas for No Kid Hungry. In fact, so far, Williams-Sonoma has sold more than 50,000 spatulas, raising $5.5 million dollars for the organization &mdash helping to connect kids with over 1.5 million meals.

“I cherish moments when I’m able to enjoy delicious food with those special to me. All children across America deserve to experience that same joy and not worry about where their next meal will come from,” says Olivia Munn.

Take a look at (and shop!) all 15 spatulas ahead. Thirty percent of the retail price benefits No Kid Hungry.


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Join Us in No Kid Hungry’s Fight to End Childhood Hunger

No child should ever have to go hungry in America. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget.

The statistics are sobering: More than 13 million kids—that’s roughly one in six children in America—don’t get the food they need every day, and three out of four teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry. Statistics show that kids who eat school breakfast and lunch miss less school, get better grades and are more likely to graduate from high school.

We’ve partnered with the campaign to help connect kids in need to nutritious food. In the last five years, Williams Sonoma has raised more than $3.3 million for No Kid Hungry, and this year, we’ve set a company-wide goal to raise $2 million more (20 million meals!) in 2017 to help end childhood hunger in America. Join us by making a donation at the cash registers of all Williams Sonoma stores , donating online , purchasing one of our products in stores or online or attending one of the in-store events to benefit No Kid Hungry below. We hope you’ll join us!

Cook for a Cause

Help support No Kid Hungry by purchasing one of our exclusive products. For the third year in a row, we’re excited to bring back our celebrity spatula collection!

Once again, we’ve reached out to a few celebrities to help us design a spatula collection to benefit No Kid Hungry. Each spatula features a reproduction of original artwork. Our 2017 designers, in alphabetical order:

    , celebrity culinarian ( @altonbrown )
  • American Girl™ , empowering and uniting girls of all ages ( @americangirlbrand ) , cookbook author and host ( @ayeshacurry ) , chef and author ( @bobbyflay ) , music superstar ( @faithhill ) , chef and author ( @giadadelaurentiis ) , Academy Award-winning actor and No Kid Hungry national spokesperson ( @thejeffbridges ) , actress and activist ( @kristenanniebell ) , award-winning actor ( @nph ) and chef and actor David Burtka ( @dbelicious ) ( @shakeshack ) , Grammy Award-winning musician, co-founder of The Roots, The Tonight Show Musical Director and James Beard Award-nominated author ( @questlove)

Williams Sonoma will donate 30 percent of the retail price from each spatula purchased to No Kid Hungry, plus an additional $5,000 to the chef whose design sells out first. Pick your team by supporting your favorite spatula design —or collect them all! Learn more about why these designers are contributing to the cause , and follow along on social media with @williamssonoma and the hashtag #WSNoKidHungry to show us your spat and see who wins this year’s spatdown.

Events

Throughout the months of August of September, we’ll also be hosting a number of events in-store to benefit No Kid Hungry. For more information, be sure to contact your local store .

American Girl™ Lunch Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry

Saturday, August 26 at 10 a.m.

Junior chefs ages 8-13 are welcome to join us as we prepare some of our favorite lunches that are perfect for taking to school. $30 includes a set of three sandwich cutters. We’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds to our friends at No Kid Hungry.

Fall Doughnut Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry

Saturday, September 2 at 10 a.m.

Hey, kids: If you love doughnuts, this is the class for you! Discover how easy it is to make doughnuts at home. Junior chefs ages 8-13 are welcome to join us as we prepare fall-themed doughnuts. $30 includes a set a doughnut pan. We’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds to our friends at No Kid Hungry.

Cookbook Club featuring America: The Great Cookbook

Wednesday, September 13 at 6 p.m.

Our September Cookbook Club event features America: The Great Cookbook, a collection of recipes from the country’s greatest chefs, with a portion of the book’s proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry. On the menu? Mario Batali’s Orecchiette with Rapini Pesto and Pecorino Romano, as well as Ruth Reichl’s Tart Lemon Tart. $50 includes a copy of America the Great and a donation to No Kid Hungry.

Pancake Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry

Saturday, September 16 at 10 a.m.

In this hands-on class for kids ages 8-13, we’ll learn how to make pancakes together (and, of course, eat our delicious creations). A $5 donation for the class benefits No Kid Hungry.


11 Famous Chefs Who Are Trying to Save the World With Food

There are 20 million people in the world facing famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen. In developed nations, too, people go hungry. Venezuela, for instance, is enduring food insecurity on a national level as a result of economic crisis and political corruption. In the US, the land of supposed excess, 12.7% of households were food insecure in 2015, meaning they didn’t know where their next meal would come from.

As world governments pursue policies to secure food sources and humanitarian organizations work on the ground to deliver aid, there’s one group of people who may have the expertise to solve problems in the global food system.

Chefs are the most qualified people on the planet to talk about food, not only in terms of flavors, but in the chemistry behind the ingredients they use. In their constant quest for better ingredients, they spur farming best practices to enhance nutritional value, increase efficiency, and get healthy foods to people in the areas of the world most affected by hunger. Many are also working to reduce food waste and improve sustainability, which helps everyone by protecting the environment.

These are 11 chefs saving the world with food.

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura is a food waste reducing rock star. In cooperation with Pope Francis, he turned an abandoned theater in a Milan suburb into Refettorio, a soup kitchen that has turned more than 15 tons of excess food into meals for the homeless, working poor, and refugees.

In true Global Citizen fashion, he then started a foundation, Food for Soul, to expand the concept to cities around the world, like Rio de Janeiro and London. He’s currently in the process of bringing two Refettorios to the US, the Guardian reports.

Dan Barber

Dan Barber, who has been praised as a, “philosopher chef,” is one of the leading voices for increased sustainability in restaurants.

Essentially, Barber wants restaurants to increase efficiency and cut down on food waste (not to mention improve taste) by growing their own ingredients, a movement called “farm-to-table.”

Barber walks the walk — his restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Westchester County, NY, does exactly that. What is more, Barber has transformed his other restaurant in Greenwich Village — also called Blue Hill — into a pop-up called WastED, serving dishes prepared with ingredients that would normally be destined for dumpster, like bruised and misshapen vegetables and stale bread. In January, he exported the concept to London.

Barber’s influence is felt beyond the kitchen. He’s written extensively about the importance of local farming and improving the farm-to-table movement in the New York Times, the Nation, Gourmet, and Food & Wine. His book, The Third Plate, calls for an overhaul of our entire approach to meals, down to the proportions of meat and vegetables that typically compose a plate (spoiler: dishes should feature more vegetables).

Barber has done two TedTalks and was named to the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition by Barack Obama.

Hervé This

Hervé This isn’t technically a chef, but his work could legitimately end world hunger.

This is a chemist who invented molecular gastronomy (studying the science behind cooking) in 1988. Now he’s developing what he calls note-by-note (NbN) cooking — creating dishes with foods that have been deconstructed into basic compounds.

The chemical components of a food like texture and flavor can literally be separated and stored in vials. But it’s more than just mad food science. This says that because foods are composed mostly of water, they spoil while being transported over long distances, unless they’re refrigerated (which is expensive and detrimental to the environment). Deconstructed foods, broken down into foams and gels, can be transported and rebuilt, so to speak, bringing nutritious meals to communities around the world.

Last December, he published a book detailing how NbN cooking is more nutritious, energy efficient, and environmentally sustainable.

“I work for the public,” he told the New York Times. “NbN is a new art for chefs and art is important. But are we going to feed humankind — or just make something for foodies?”

Sam Kass

Sam Kass advocates for healthier, climate smart food. He was the first Senior White House Food Policy Advisor while serving as Barack Obama’s chef and was the Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign, aimed at improving childhood health.

Kass helped the Obamas plant the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Like its predecessor, the Obama garden brought the issues of health and food sustainability to the national stage and inspired people to start home gardens of their own.

In 2012, Kass helped found the American Chef Corps, which promotes diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He’s also the founder of Trove, a strategy firm, and a partner in Acre, a venture capital fund, that work to improve health and sustainability in the global food system.

Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson

Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson don’t want people to sacrifice their health for a convenient and affordable meal. Which is why they founded Locol, a fast food chain that serves quick, healthy meals for just a couple of bucks. Furthermore, they prioritize locating their restaurants in underserved areas, also known as food deserts, that don’t have many restaurant options other than corner stores and fast food.

On a grander scale, Locol seeks to restore integrity to fast food by emphasizing “food” over the corporate bottom-line.

“We believe chefs should feed America, not suits,” the website says.

April Bloomfield

April Bloomfield’s name is synonymous with nose-to-tail cooking. As the name implies, that means using the whole animal. The Birmingham, UK native is featured holding a whole pig on the cover of her book, “A Girl and Her Pig.”

Because nothing goes to waste, recipes often call for adventurous eaters.

“I love anything crispy so, you know, it's very natural for me to have crispy pigs ears," Bloomfield told NPR.

But not everyone is so optimistic. One of the greatest challenges of nose-to-tail cooking and improving efficiency in kitchens is making parts of an animal that people wouldn’t normally eat taste good — which is precisely what Bloomfield is doing.

Joan Roca

Joan Roca, of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, has been listed as one of the top-ten chefs on the planet. But he’s also an all-world activist.

Roca joined a legion of chefs who partnered with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, to curb overfishing and protect the millions of people who rely on fish as a dietary staple. Fittingly, the effort’s slogan is, “Save the ocean. Feed the world.”

"We have to protect the small fishermen in their little boats, these guys that are fishing every day,” Roca explained, at an Oceana event. “Everybody cares about their own health, so we should also care about the ocean. It is our biggest pantry."

Thomasina Miers

Thomasina Miers won the television show “Masterchef” in 2005. Ever since, she’s opened more than 20 restaurants in her native UK and is expanding to the US, but her celebrity hasn’t come at the expense of social consciousness. Sustainability is a cornerstone of her Mexican street food-inspired restaurants.

An ardent campaigner for reducing food waste, Miers has advocated for, “the Pig Idea,” recycling surplus food into pig feed (pigs’ digestive systems allow them to eat just about anything).

Miers doesn’t just want to find creative uses for food waste, she wants to reduce the amount of food that’s wasted in the first place.

“As a business we always believed in buying sustainably-caught fish, so as not to add of the decimation of certain fish stocks, and we have always tried to put lots of vegetarian choices on the menu so that people had wonderful non-meat alternatives,” Miers told Forbes. “The food industry is the largest, and most energy intensive industry out there – so we have the power to make positive change.

Bruno Loubet

Bruno Loubet’s London restaurant Grain Store was named the London Restaurant of the Year by the Sustainable Restaurant Awards in 2014. It was no fluke. Loubet’s forward-thinking eatery combines almost every sustainable food practice that the other chefs on this list have worked so hard to promote.

Foremost, he emphasizes vegetables.

“Although many dishes have a meat or fish element, vegetables are given equal billing, if not the starring role,” the restaurant’s website says.

Loubet has even removed meat from seasonal menus in the past. In addition to the nutritional and environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption, Grain Store is a shining example of ethical cooking.

The meat the restaurant uses is free-range and the fish is sustainably sourced. Grain Store also uses herbs and edible flowers that come from a community garden next door, the Independent reports.

The drive for sustainability isn’t limited to food. Even the furniture at Grain Store is reclaimed.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain doesn’t want to be called an activist (too bad, Anthony).

Bourdain is best-known as a television host who uses food in an educational capacity to study world cultures. But the trained chef has moved to the silver screen, producing, narrating and starring in a documentary called “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca film festival.

The documentary divulges how 40% of the food humans produce gets thrown out, the environmental ramifications of this waste, and how people can intervene. It features many of the aforementioned chefs on this list (Bottura and Barber, plus Danny Bowien and Mario Batali), but it’s Bourdain’s participation that is the most impactful, however reluctant it was.

“I’ve never liked being accused of having a social conscience or being an activist, so this documentary is not something I instinctively would have become involved in,” Bourdain narrates in the film’s introduction. “But food waste is something that I’ve always had to be conscious of as a professional. I’ve also spent the last 15 to 17 years traveling the world and seeing where all that wasted food we generate in the West could go to feed people.”


Ten Celebrities Advocating for a More Sustainable Food System

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Star status can bring the opportunity for celebrities to wear many hats and draw attention to environmental and health issues. Whether they are producing or performing music for fair trade campaigns, designing ethically sourced products, or growing food for the hungry, these 10 stars are using their fame and dollars to advocate for a more sustainable food future for all.

Jessica Alba: After becoming a mother and struggling to find chemical-free personal care and baby products with transparent disclosures, Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company alongside environmental scientist Christopher Gavigan. The company creates a variety of personal care, cleaning, and baby care and nutrition products that are sustainable, transparent, ethically sourced.

Jason Brown: After leaving his NFL football career in 2012, Brown took up farming to help feed North Carolina’s hungry. His 1,000-acre farm, First Fruits Farm, donates its first fruits of the harvest to local food pantries. A self-taught farmer, Brown donated more than 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers to food pantries in 2014.

50 Cent: In addition to being a member of Feeding America’s Entertainment Council, 50 Cent also aids in the fight against hunger through his Street King initiative. With every bottle of his Street King energy shot sold, he funds one meal for a child in need through the World Hunger Programme. Having funded 3.5 million meals so far, he aims to provide 1 billion meals. To combat hunger in America, 50 Cent has also partnered his SMS Audio brand with Feeding America to additionally fund 250 meals with every headphone set purchased in the U.S.

Coldplay: As a global ambassador for Oxfam International, Coldplay has vocally supported and furthered the reach of the organization’s mission to end global poverty, injustice, and hunger. Promoting Oxfam’s GROW and Make Fair Trade campaigns while on tour, Coldplay helped disseminate the message to more than 100 million people. Lead singer Chris Martin has also traveled to Ghana and Haiti to observe the effects of unfair trade on farmers.

Michael Kors: Michael Kors is a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the U.N. World Food Programme. Since 2013, Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop Campaign has helped to provide more than 10 million meals to children through the WFP’s School Meals Programme, while also engaging other celebrities on the issue of world hunger through their involvement in the campaign.

Kate Hudson: Joining Michael Kors and his campaign to alleviate hunger worldwide, Katie Hudson serves an ambassador and spokesperson to Watch Hunger Stop. In helping to launch his latest watch style for the campaign, every watch sold will provide 100 children a nutritious meal.

Jamie Oliver: In addition to being a celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver further works towards building a stronger and healthier food system through his foundation, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. By providing food education programs and global campaigns to influence international food policy, the Foundation works to transform people’s lives by both improving access to good, fresh, and real foods and equipping people with cooking skills. He is also active in lobbying the U.K. government to establish a multi-sectorial Child Obesity Strategy to improve children’s nutrition and reduce obesity. In 2016, Oliver’s Foundation has been present at key global events including the World Health Assembly, The Nutrition Growth Summit, and the U.N. General Assembly, championing policy to combat childhood obesity.

Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson: In 1985, Young, Mellencamp, and Nelson hosted the first Farm Aid concert to draw attention to the loss of family farms and to raise money to keep farming families on their land. To date, Farm Aid has raised more than US$50 million to support family farms in America by promoting food produced by family farms, supporting fair farm policies, and providing resources that help farmers thrive.


Fighting Hunger In America

Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our food bank members supply food to more than 46 million Americans each year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Feeding America benefits from the unique relationship between our 200 local food banks at the front lines of hunger relief and the central efforts of our national office.

Challenge

Hunger in America exists for over 49 million people. That is 1 in 6 of the population. As the U.S. faces the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, more people have fallen into the grips of hunger than ever before. It does not matter if you live in an urban, suburban or rural setting - hunger has no boundaries. In the United States 1 out of 4 children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

Solution

The Feeding America network provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 46 million Americans including nearly 12 million children and 7 million seniors in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Each year, we secure and distribute more than 3 billion pounds of food and grocery products to 61,000 agencies nationwide working as a cohesive system to solve the hunger crisis.

Long-Term Impact

Last year, the Feeding America network provided food and grocery product to 46 million people. Today, more than ever, Feeding America is committed to creating a hunger-free America. To meet the need, Feeding America is looking ahead to anticipate how to meet the challenges of the next wave of domestic hunger. As more people find themselves in need, the Feeding America network must be prepared to serve that need and minimize the chance that any American goes hungry.


Just the facts

Hunger in the U.S. and around the world is caused by various complex social and economic factors and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic add yet another layer of depth to the issue. We realize that one web page can hardly do justice to all the facts and thoughts on this matter. Our main goal with this page is to provide a brief overview of up-to-date hunger facts in an attempt to educate the public about the root causes of hunger and poverty, its realities across the globe and the impact of COVID-19.

Looking at the communities that have been hit hardest by both the coronavirus and hunger, it’s important to recognize that food insecurity does not affect everyone the same way. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, women and children have faced the consequences of the pandemic and of food insecurity at higher rates than other communities.

Given our technological capacity, we know that we can produce enough food to feed every person on earth 1 . So why is there still hunger and what can we do about it? The root causes of hunger are due to the systems, policies and institutions that benefit multinational corporations and wealthy nations, while leaving millions of people without access to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods. Our global food system is structured to value profits over people and the planet.

In other words, hunger is caused by poverty and injustice. Learn more about how WhyHunger and our allies across the globe are working to transform these systems, end hunger and ensure everyone’s right to nutritious food.