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. National Hunger Clearinghouse
  4. Artists Against Hunger and Poverty

service areas

International

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ruling year

1975

chief executive for fy 1982

Mr. William Ayres

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Keywords

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

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EIN

13-2805575

Also Known As

WhyHunger

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

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Programs

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Program 1

Grassroots Action Network

The
Grassroots Action
Network provides
capacity building services, mentoring, training opportunities, and
technical assistance to organizations that are actively forging new
ideas to transform communities and end hunger and poverty. Together
with a network of more than 8,000 grassroots organizations, we share
their innovations, mobilize resources, and connect them to each other
in order to support their work to build healthier, sustainable
communities that develop local food systems and strengthen local
economies.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

$565,366.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

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 livelihoods for all people.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$679,729.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 3

National Hunger Clearinghouse

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The
National Hunger
Clearinghouse
collects, develops and distributes information and resources to help
build the capacity of emergency food providers to address the
immediate needs of struggling families and individuals while
promoting self-reliance and access to healthy food. The Clearinghouse
includes the National Hunger Hotline, (1-866-3 HUNGRY or
1-866-348-6479), which refers people in need anywhere in the U.S. to
food pantries, soup kitchens, government programs, and model
grassroots organizations.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

$538,748.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 4

Artists Against Hunger and Poverty

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Artists
Against Hunger & Poverty
enlists performing artists to raise funds and awareness for the most
innovative and effective community-based organizations fighting
hunger and poverty on the frontlines in cities, towns, and villages
all across the world.  WhyHunger offers artists, the artist
community, and the music industry an opportunity to take a stand by
using their voices and resources effectively –doing what they
already do so well. Through music we can all make a difference in the
world.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

International

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WORLD HUNGER YEAR INC
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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WhyHunger Inc.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. William Ayres

BIO

Bill Ayres is the Executive Director and co-founder of WhyHunger (World Hunger Year). Bill has been the Executive Director of WhyHunger for more than twenty-five years. He has developed and implemented meaningful and innovative programs in the areas of hunger and social services for more than thirty-five years. He co-founded WhyHunger with the late Harry Chapin in 1975. Under Bill's direction, WhyHunger has served as a founding member of two national coalitions, The Medford Group of national hunger organizations and the National Jobs for All Coalition. He is also a board member of Long Island Cares, Long Island's food bank. Bill has also led local initiatives to promote ideas and policies that have made significant impacts upon the communities that they serve, including the creation of the New York Hunger Hotline in New York City and the Center for Food Action in New Jersey. Bill has been a broadcaster on commercial radio and TV for the past thirty years and currently hosts a weekly Sunday night radio show on WPLJ 95.5FM in New York. Through his work in communications Bill has developed extensive contacts in the world of media. He is the co-author of the book All You Need Is Love (Simon & Schuster).

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Sanders

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