National Anti-Hunger Leader to Visit Broken Arrow To Promote Summer Meals for OK Kids

For Immediate Release: June 14 th , 2017 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 ***Media Advisory*** National Anti-Hunger Leader to Visit Broken Arrow To Promote Summer Meals for OK Kids Community Leaders Hold Fun Summer Activities to Encourage Participation in Summer Meals Program What: Joel Berg, the CEO of Hunger Free America, a national advocacy and direct service organization, will visit a summer feeding program run by the New Heights Summer Camp of Broken Arrow Church of Christ to showcase federally-funded summer meals for kids in Oklahoma, as well as to...

WNBA General Manager, Star Player, Former SNAP Recipient Ruth Riley Joins Hunger Free America Board 

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2017 Contact: Magen Allen, mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028, ext. 212 WNBA General Manager, Star Player, Former SNAP Recipient Ruth Riley Joins Hunger Free America Board Leads – and Formerly Starred For – San Antonio Stars, Ruth Riley – general manager for the WNBA team the San Antonio Stars, former WNBA All-Star, NCAA and WNBA Champion, and Olympic gold medalist – has just joined the board of directors of Hunger Free America, a national advocacy and direct service non-profit organization. Riley received federal SNAP (food stamps) and school meal...

Pride Highlights Work Left to Be Done For LGBT Food Access

Pride Highlights Work Left to Be Done For LGBT Food Access By Will Thomas, Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy June is LGBT Pride Month. Hunger Free America is based in New York City, where the Stonewall Riots erupted and gave birth of the modern LGBT movement on June 28 th , 1969, which is being commemorated across the country this month. The Stonewall Riots represented a marginalized community lashing out against the system that oppressed them, which eventually made possible a more equal country for all. Despite marriage equality becoming the law of the land in 2015, LGBT Americans,...

Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Blog Post May 2017

Thank You to Our Presenters in the Uniting our Resources: Best Practices in Food Access End of the Year Conference Hunger Free America’s Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps was pleased to host more than 70 VISTAs from 29 states around the U.S. for Uniting Our Resources: Best Practices in Food Access , a 5-day conference at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, M.D. At the conference the VISTAs were given an opportunity to network with each other and with former VISTAs, share the vast array of knowledge they’ve accumulated during their terms of service, learn valuable best practices...

Advocates to H.U.D. Secretary Ben Carson: “Poverty a State of Economics, Not of Mind”

For Immediate Release: May 25th, 2017 Contact: Magen Allen Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028, ext. 212 Advocates to H.U.D. Secretary Ben Carson: “Poverty a State of Economics, Not of Mind” “Wishful thinking doesn’t end poverty; effective public policies do.” H.U.D. Secretary Ben Carson, who grew up in a household that received significant benefits from government safety net programs, just said: “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mind-set, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a...

New Budget Announced: Trump Budget to Take Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of Food Away from Hungry Americans, Despite Assurances of AG Secretary to Contrary

For Immediate Release: May 22 nd , 2017 Contact: Magen Allen, Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org New Budget Announced: Trump Budget to Take Hundreds of Billions of Dollars of Food Away from Hungry Americans, Despite Assurances of AG Secretary to Contrary Advocates: “Budget Would Make Us Weaker, Sicker, and Hungrier” “USDA Secretary Perdue ‘thrown under the tractor’ by White House” Just last week, President Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, said that SNAP (the correct name for the old Food Stamp Program) was “very important, effective” and went on to say, “As far as I’m concerned we...

Older Americans Month 2017, Focus on Senior Hunger

Older Americans Month 2017: Focus on Senior Hunger By Will Thomas, Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy Every May, the federal government – and many grass-roots agencies -- celebrate Older Americans Month . This year’s theme is Age Out Loud, which reflects that aging looks different today than it has at any other time in human history. By and large, this is a good thing—many people are living healthier for longer and many older adults are finding more fulfillment in more ways than ever. There is, however, a darker story, too. According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (...

Hearing Before The New York City Council Committee on Aging and Subcommittee on Senior Centers

Testimony of Will Thomas, Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy Hunger Free America Hearing Before The New York City Council Committee on Aging and Subcommittee on Senior Centers April 26 th , 2017 My name is Will Thomas, and I am the Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy at Hunger Free America. Formerly called the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Hunger Free America changed its name in 2016 to better reflect the broad scope of our national work. This was also accompanied with intensifying our local efforts under the new name, Hunger Free New York City. I would like to thank...

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