by on June 16, 2012

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For most of us hunger means that we’ll be eating soon–it’s a sign from our bodies to walk to the kitchen. That’s why it’s hard to grasp that hunger is still a problem in our communities, especially with obesity becoming such a big problem. Food insecurity might be a better name for today’s version of the problem (though that sounds like when someone feels bad after they eat). Whatever you want to call it, WhyHunger is a New York, NY based non-profit that is trying to fix it. They are “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.”


To give you a sense of the scale of the problem that WhyHunger is dealing with: 50 million people in the U.S. deal with food insecurity, and more than 12 million of them deal with “very low food security.” WhyHunger’s approach to serving this people is to focus on helping the community organizations on the ground. They provide “capacity building services, technical support, and access to information and financial resources” to these local organizations, but also have some of their own programs including Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, The Food Security Learning Center, Grassroots Action Network, and National Hunger Clearinghouse. If you like WhyHunger’s approach, take a look at WhyHunger’s internships on Idealist. Right now they’re looking for a Communications Intern and a Grassroots Action Network Intern. They call the positions unpaid, but there is a $25/day stipend.

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