The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Breaking the Cycle

This year, the Center for Hunger-Free Communities continued to bring the country's attention toward the need for justice and a hunger-free society.  From national appointments to Witnesses to Hunger exhibits, we sought to shape the national dialogue on hunger and poverty and ensure that those who have experienced economic hardship are leading the conversation.

Here are a few highlights from 2014:

Fifty years ago America found it utterly appalling that hunger existed in our country – so horrific that people came together and legislators reached across the aisle to do something about it.  To mark this important anniversary, on October 30th community members, advocates, and organizations will take to social media to talk about the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).  Join in the conversation by tweeting and posting pictures and statements of what SNAP means to

Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA May 2-4, 2012

Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty: Impact on College Students Conference

The "Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty: Impact on College Students Conference" was held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Community College of Philadelphia. The conference was designed to provide a forum for dialogue about the increasing issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty among college students and to identify what can be done to meet this growing problem.

This news story, which aired September 22nd on CNN's American Morning program, featured interviews with Witnesses to Hunger Tianna Gaines-Turner, Barbie Izquierdo, and Jean Culver, as well as Witnesses to Hunger founder Dr. Mariana Chilton.  

Erica's Daughter Reading

Faced with a $51 million cut to kindergarten funding, the Philadelphia School District has proposed eliminating full-day kindergarten. Half-day programs, which ended in the city in 1996, would be disastrous for Philadelphia's children. 

Imani Sullivan and Dr. Mariana Chilton were interviewed on July 13, 2009, on the Praise in the City radio show. 

Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Angela Sutton, mother of two, spoke to reporters on February 10 about her struggles feeding her children at a press event unveiling local anti-hunger advocates' plan to end huger.


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