Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

WhyHunger Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.whyhunger.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Grassroots Action Network
  2. Global Movements
  3. Nourish Network for the Right to Food
  4. Artists Against Hunger and Poverty
  5. WhyHunger Hotline
Service Areas

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International

WhyHunger operates programs across the United States and the world.

ruling year

1975

Executive Director since 2015

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Ms Noreen Springstead

Keywords

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poverty, food sovereignty, grassroots support organization, children's programs, self-reliance, education, Hungerthon, community, hunger, Harry Chapin, Bill Ayres, empowerment, food, food security, W

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Also Known As

WhyHunger

EIN

13-2805575

 Number

0811479061

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Grassroots Action Network

The Grassroots Action Network works in partnership with community-based leaders, organizations and networks to build a movement for a just and equitable food system in the U.S. By supporting and promoting grassroots leadership, WhyHunger works to build capacity for community organizing and to accelerate the collective impact of community - based strategies for food justice.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$565,366.00

Program 2

Global Movements

The Global Movements Program supports and partners with social movements and networks to build international solidarity and advance the goals of food sovereignty and the basic rights to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods for all people.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$679,729.00

Program 3

Nourish Network for the Right to Food

The Nourish Network for the Right to Food works with emergency food providers, food access organizations, community health organizations and other grassroots and national allies to transform the charitable response to hunger in the U.S. into a more equitable and inclusive social justice movement that recognizes nutritious food as a human right.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$538,748.00

Program 4

Artists Against Hunger and Poverty

Artists Against Hunger & Poverty offers artists, the artist community and the music industry the opportunity to use their voices to support the movement to end hunger and poverty. Over 13 million dollars has been raised to support innovative and effective community-based organizations fighting hunger and ensuring the right to nutritious food for all in communities all across the world.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

WhyHunger Hotline

The WhyHunger Hotline refers people in need across the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition programs and model grassroots organizations.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    WhyHunger is not just another organization with a mission statement tucked away on its website. We are on a mission. Together, we are building a world where everyone has the right to nutritious food.

    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.

    WhyHunger offers a clear vision and strategy to transform our collective food system into one that is socially and economically just, nourishes whole communities, cools the planet and ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods.

    As a grassroots support organization, WhyHunger works to support, resource and build the capacity of community organizations and social movements that are implementing new ideas and developing groundbreaking projects to transform their communities. At the same time, we help to build networks of grassroots organizations and knit together social movements that share a vision of healthy, sustainable communities leading to greater mobilization and stronger advocacy to realize an end to poverty and hunger.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Strategic Goals
    WhyHunger's programs and strategies coalesce around 3 strategic goals:

    Movement Building – Build and strengthen grassroots-led movements for food justice and food sovereignty worldwide.
    Social Justice - Work for social justice by addressing the root causes of hunger and the deep inequities of poverty at the intersection of economic inequality, racism, health and the environment.
    Human Rights – Work to protect and advance the right to nutritious food for all.
    Specifically, WhyHunger's Work Aims to:
    Mobilize, coalesce and build the capacity of organizations, communities, and funders invested in food justice and food sovereignty around the nation and in the Global South.
    Support grassroots leaders to invest directly in their local communities and to participate in building a movement for food justice and food sovereignty.
    Support and strengthen international solidarity between social movements in the U.S. and the Global South
    Strengthen the capacity of social movements in the Global South to support communities in developing agroecological practices, educating and organizing with each other, and advocating for themselves
    Support emergency food providers to improve their capacity to source, prepare and distribute healthy and nutritious food to their clients, improving health outcomes
    Shift the role of food access organizations in the United States to advocate for the right to food and to address the root causes of hunger
    Leverage and mobilize the resources of artists, funders, and other NGOs in direct support of and in solidarity with our partners
    Work at the intersection of racial justice, public health, environmental and climate justice, and economic justice
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    WhyHunger is working to build and strengthen a grassroots led movement for food justice and food sovereignty worldwide.

    By directly supporting social movements in 20 countries in 2015, an estimated 20,229 people participated in activities like agroecological training, leadership development for women and youth and capacity building projects, benefiting an estimated 12,819 families.

    Our new Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action publication, which shares the knowledge and perspectives of social movement leaders working to “scale out" agroecology around the world, was downloaded over 10,870 times and translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese and Thai in response to requests from farmers and organizers across the globe.

    Our International Solidarity Fund invests in strengthening existing and emergent social movements for food justice and food sovereignty. The combined membership of our benefitting social movement grantees is an estimated 9,528,292 members, including peasant families, fisherfolk, pastoralists, afro-descendants and indigenous communities.
    WhyHunger fosters social justice by addressing the root causes of hunger and the deep inequities of poverty at the intersection of economic inequality, racism, health and the environment.
    WhyHunger is building Communities of Practice with grassroots leaders and organizations across the U.S. as the first steps in developing and supporting the coalitions, alliances and networks that are needed to strengthen and build an intersectional movement for food justice.
    In 2015, we made tremendous strides in developing our community of practice, The National Black Food and Justice Alliance, a growing coalition of Black-led organizations working towards advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice.
    Our 2015 Hunger and Health Gathering launched a new community of practice among eight food access organizations working along the intersections of hunger, food insecurity and health in the NJ and NY region. Leaders met face-to-face to build relationships and learn together in a two day workshop, leading to WhyHunger conference scholarships to engage on a national level.
    WhyHunger became the fiscal and administrative steward for a national alliance of food access organizations, titled Closing the Hunger Gap. As a key part of the Leadership Team, we helped to plan and facilitate a national conference with more than 500 organizations participating representing 41 different states and Canada. The conference and the organizing efforts call for a strategic shift from charity to justice in our collective approach to ending hunger.
    Our Food Justice Voices publication series broke new ground in 2015 with our Youth Food Justice Zine, a platform for young food justice activists to share their stories, publish their creative work and express their views on the state of our nation's food system, an
Service Areas

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International

WhyHunger operates programs across the United States and the world.

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WHYHUNGER, INC.
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Dec 31
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Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms Noreen Springstead

BIO

Noreen Springstead, Executive Director

Noreen has been working for WhyHunger since 1992. Noreen's vision guides the organization's marketing strategies and she has established successful philanthropic partnerships with diverse companies such as Hard Rock International, CBS Radio Group, ASCAP, The Orchard, RightsFlow, Duncan Channon Advertising, Shore Fire Media, and others. As part of WhyHunger's signature program Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, she has built long-term relationships with notable artists, their management and record labels resulting in millions of dollars in aid to WhyHunger and the community based members of our Grassroots Action Network. Prior to directing WhyHunger's marketing efforts, Noreen used her expertise in program services to develop, support and replicate grassroots solutions focused on self-reliance and empowerment. Noreen is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Political Science and recently completed an Executive Education Certification Program given by the Harvard Kennedy School.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Charity will not end hunger; working for social justice will.
Millions of people in the U.S. and nearly a billion more around the world are hungry. Food banks, soup kitchens, and other hunger charities are dedicated to the herculean task of feeding people. But giving out food only solves hunger today. This model of food charity cannot address the problems that trap millions of people in a cycle of food insecurity and poverty. To tackle these issues, we need innovation, strategy, effective policy, and unified power emanating from the grassroots. We need a movement.
Founded in 1975, WhyHunger's work is grounded in the belief that food is a basic human right and that everyone should live free from hunger. WhyHunger feels a fierce urgency to address the needs of those who are hungry now, while staying focused on strategies that address the root causes of hunger and have the potential to solve this problem long-term.
WhyHunger connects millions of Americans to healthy food in their neighborhoods through our hotline, texting service, and online search. We invest millions of dollars in innovative, community-based organizations that train, empower and nourish their communities. We support and build alliances of these grassroots organizations that can address hunger alongside the deep inequities of poverty, race, health and the environment.
Our work has real, tangible impact. Over the last 5 years WhyHunger has:
- Helped train farmers including women, youth and indigenous people to grow food sustainably through agroecology in 31 countries, helping to provide over 10 million nutritious meals.
- Built an alliance of over 500 U.S. food access organizations revolutionizing the charitable response to hunger and developing new solutions that nourish and empower people and improve the health of low-income communities.
- Invested in the development of strong social movements at home and abroad, mobilizing millions of people to change how food is produced and distributed.
- Supported the creation of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance, a coalition organizing for food, land and racial justice.
- Worked in partnership with the USDA to connect over 3 Million kids to nutritious meals in the summer when childhood hunger peaks.
- United and amplified the voices of the people most affected by hunger to advocate for better food, living wages, and sustainable farming.

WhyHunger supports solutions springing up in grassroots-led movements across the globe. These grassroots innovations are strengthened when organizations like WhyHunger walk the road with them—supporting their efforts, magnifying their voices and weaving them into movements that can reach farther and move faster. They need allies. And we need allies.

We need the leadership of people most affected by hunger and poverty to inform and inspire this burgeoning movement, and we need the support of donors committed to walking this road with us. Whoever you are, we hope you'll join us. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Seth Saltzman

Senior Vice President, ASCAP

Term: Mar 2016 -

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Diversity Strategies
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity