The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Breaking the Cycle




Many of the witnesses speak about breaking the cycle: providing opportunities for their children so that they will not face the same struggle that their parents have gone through.

The Witnesses to Hunger are tireless advocates, working for change in their own communities and on a city, state, and national level. Their work includes speaking out at various events and briefings, participating in webinars and blogging, and partnering with other advocates to create change.

This year, Witnesses to Hunger in Philadelphia is focused on the issue of housing and homelessness. Under the leadership of the advisory board, the Philadelphia witnesses will be participating in service learning projects with homeless families in Philadelphia and will be working with these families to create more opportunities for affordable housing in the city. As our research shows, housing is a major factor in child health and food security.


Latest News and Events


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


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 organi

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.  


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