The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Mission, Vision, Values and Sanctuary


The Center for Hunger-Free Communities addresses hunger in all its forms by engaging in partnership with families, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders to:

  • Find solutions to hunger and poverty based on science and the human experience; 

  • Report on the health consequences of hunger and poverty to ensure accountability and enable action;

  • Engage those who have experience with poverty as full partners in developing research, policies, and programs that promote health;

  • Establish and support opportunities to build peace, nourishment, and a sense of shared community through our research, testimony, and action. 

We are committed to freedom and justice through fighting against all forms of oppression, exclusion, and discrimination - including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, transphobia/homophobia, and ableism - in the world, in our communities, and in ourselves. 


All children will be nourished and supported to reach their full potential; all families will be successful, healthy, and secure; and all people can be a powerful force for positive community transformation and meaningful policy change. 


As an organization, we value and commit to the following:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Confidentiality, where requested or appropriate
  • Dignity
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Equality and Equity
  • Human rights, especially the rights of women and children
  • Love for humanity

The Sanctuary Model®

The Sanctuary Model ® was developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom as framework for creating a trauma-informed organizational culture and approach for providing clinical care in mental health settings. We have adapted this model to fit our organizational setting and research to ensure that we maintain an environment that is supportive, healing and safe as we work with participants and families, many of whom have experienced trauma and violence. To this end, we commit to the seven core promises of the Sanctuary Model in our work (both in and out of the office setting):

  1. Non-Violence
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Social Learning
  4. Open Communication
  5. Democracy
  6. Social Responsibility
  7. Growth and Change


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