The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience


Witnesses to Hunger is growing to become a network of parents around the country dedicated to creating better lives for families struggling with hunger and poverty in the United States. If you’re interested in joining our work, please check out our toolkit


Witnesses to Hunger started in Philadelphia as a research project out of Drexel University's School of Public Health in 2008. Philadelphia is the first and largest site with over 40 women who have taken pictures and advocated for their families and their communities.  The Philadephia Witnesses remain very active holding numerous exhibits in the city and also supporting the expansion of Witnesses to multiple other sites. 



Six mothers and one father from Baltimore became Witnesses to Hunger through a partnership with Children’s HealthWatch Baltimore. Witnesses to Hunger Baltimore was begun in the summer of 2011. Issues of primary importance to the Baltimore witnesses include housing, violent neighborhoods, opportunities for those with criminal records, and educational and recreational opportunities for children. See a video of some of the Baltimore Witnesses' photographs, videos, and voices here.


Starting in 2011, in partnership with Boston ABCD and Children’s HealthWatch Boston, eight courageous mothers from the Boston area have been working with us to share their experiences and their ideas for change. With an exhibit in the fall of 2011, the Boston members of Witnesses highlighted issues of housing, neighborhood safety, teen motherhood and food access as major concerns.  The work in Boston continues with the formation of a Steering Committee lead by Children's HealthWatch to address issues on a local and state level.


Ten Camden, NJ mothers and grandmothers joined Witnesses to Hunger through a partnership with Respond, Inc. The Camden Witnesses’ photographs highlight their experiences with food and hunger, housing and homelessness, education and employment, and safety and the environment. A debut exhibit of their photographs was held in June 2013 at the Campbell Soup Company headquarters in Camden, and their second exhibit was held in September 2013. See a video of some of the Camden Witnesses' photographs, videos, and voices here.


Residents from around Connecticut took pictures of their daily battles that include sever and chronic medical conditions, the high cost of childcare, and losing homes.  They talk about the constant tradeoffs they make like paying the bills vs buying nutritious food or choosing to pay the rent vs medication.  Witnesses to Hunger CT was a collaboration of nnumerous groups in Connecticut including End Hunger Connecticut, Advocacu Unlimited, CABNH. Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Food Bank, Foodshare, Immanuel Congregation Church, UCC, Hispanic Health Council, New Haven Food Policy Council, and the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. 

New Haven 

In 2014, three women from New Haven launch a Witnesses to Hunger site with an exhibit at the New Haven City Hall.  Taking pictures of their communities, gardens, and children the Witnesses open up about their daily struggles to keep food on the table and a roof over their head.  Meet the New Haven Witnesses here


On the Witnesses to Hunger exhibit state tour hosted by Senator Bob Casey, Jr., mothers from around the state stepped forward to add their voices and photographs to the conversation. Women from Scranton, Harrisburg, and Johnstown, PA, as well as Hyde and Clearfield counties, contributed to this project

Washington, DC

Seven mothers from Washington, DC joined Witnesses to Hunger in 2015 through a partnership with Martha's Table. The DC Witnesses' focues on areas of housing and homelessness, food and hunger, safety, working parents, and discrimination. An exhibit of their photographs was held in January of 2016 at THEARC, a community center in DC.  Meet the DC Witnesses here



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