The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience


Beyond Hunger

As we make the final preparations, we can feel it: our conference is going to be poppin’!—as some of the ladies of Witnesses say.  Poppin?  It means really fun, exciting, interesting, the happening thing. Check it out!

Photo copyrighted by Shearine M., Witnesses to Hunger

I work for a kind, determined woman. She is 64-years-old and disabled and has had her eye on a power chair for a while now, hoping to improve her mobility and overall health. This past Wednesday, I went over to her house and told her to try to push her insurance to buy her that chair, as she would no longer have access to her General Assistance benefits to help her out. General Assistance, one of the most important public welfare programs in the state, will be eliminated with the passage of Governor Tom Corbett’s 2012 budget.

Waiting at the Salvation Army

Three years ago around this time, there were hundreds of people in the room at a local Salvation Army—all holding a little ticket number, waiting to pick up donated toys for the Christmas holiday.  I went there to visit witness Barbie I., along with a reporter from the Associated Press, Pauline Arillaga, so she could interview Barbie and get to know her while she waited her turn to get toys for her children.  The result was a story about Witnesses to Hunger that was picked up by over 200 newspapers in the US and around the world.


By Mariana Chilton

When an organization names itself, it sets down some basic expectations about what it is and where it’s headed. We call ourselves the Center for Hunger-Free Communities.  But what exactly is a “hunger-free community?”



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