T he Center for Hunger-Free Communities, established in 2004, is a community-engaged research, service, advocacy and policy center of Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA. The Center for Hunger-Free Communities offers the same multi-faceted research and action that has characterized the work on hunger and poverty at Drexel with the goal of developing innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.
The Center's work encompasses four key projects: 1) Witnesses to Hunger that facilitates participation of mothers who know poverty first-hand in the national dialogue on hunger, 2) the Philadelphia-site of nationally renowned research endeavor, Children’s HealthWatch, that links policy to child well-being and development, 3) the Building Wealth and Health Microfinance Demonstration Project that will develop a peer-oriented, asset-building model that helps women break the cycle of poverty, and 4) EAT (Everyone At the Table) Cafe, a pay-what-you-can community cafe in West Philadelphia. In addition, the Center provides Outreach Services that provides case management support and social services referrals for all the families with whom we work as well as guiding S.E.L.F. peer support groups based on the Sanctuary® model.