Join Nourishing Tomorrow

Celebrate forty years of change and build a legacy for the future of WhyHunger. Donate today and make an investment in a future where everyone has the right to healthy and nutritious food.

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The Vision

Over the next 40 years, WhyHunger will support and accompany resilient, powerful and unified networks of grassroots leaders and community-based organizations that are building the movement to end hunger and poverty. Together, we will transform the current food system into one that nourishes whole communities and ensures the rights of all people to food, land, water and sustainable livelihoods.

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Why Give?

With a 40-year demonstrated track record of success, WhyHunger is the only organization of its kind dedicated to nourishing communities across the world through training, technical assistance, capacity building and facilitated peer-to-peer learning opportunities.WhyHunger supports leaders across the spectrum of the food justice movement including US-based emergency food providers, food justice organizations and global social movements.


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The History

In 1981, after the passing of its dear friend and co-founder, folk musician Harry Chapin, WhyHunger’s future was unclear. But co-founder Bill Ayres, with the support of the Chapin family, doubled down on the fundamental principles of WhyHunger: addressing the root causes of hunger, investing in long-term solutions and supporting grassroots organizations and leaders. With a clear mission and a lifetime of dedication, he rallied support from the music community, led by Bruce Springsteen, and donors – like you – from across the country to secure WhyHunger’s future.

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The Campaign

In tandem with WhyHunger’s 40th anniversary celebration throughout 2015 and as executive director and co-founder Bill Ayres prepares to pass the leadership torch, Nourishing Tomorrow celebrates forty years of change and builds a legacy for the future of WhyHunger. Today, WhyHunger needs the resources to leverage its track record of success and replicate it on a scale that has increased impact and results in systems change on the national and international level. An investment in WhyHunger is a long-term investment in a people-led movement to end hunger for 49 million people across the United States and 1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to nutritious food.


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Q & A

Cofounder and executive director Bill Ayres reflects on 40 years

" I’m very proud of the work we’ve done, but the legacy should not be focused on just one person; it’s like a team, it’s a community, and everybody has a role to play."


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The root cause of hunger is poverty, and the root cause of poverty is powerlessness.