The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience



By: Sherita Mouzan, Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia

I’m a victim of the multi-generational effects of trauma, including poverty, alcoholism, mental illness, and food insecurity. Growing up in North Philadelphia, I lived in various houses with inhumane conditions. Houses that were without heat and or running water. Unsanitary houses where we had to use shoe boxes for toilets. Houses that smelled of mold and mildew, sometimes without electricity. At times there was a lot of darkness—I can’t be in the dark, bad things happened in the dark.


By: Andrea Blanch and Mariana Chilton

We claim to be a social movement of people committed to eliminating the causes and addressing the consequences of violence and trauma.  If we are serious, we need to be out there marching on Saturday.


By: Kate Scully, Policy Director

One in four Philadelphia residents are living in poverty and one in eight are living in deep poverty.  Our city remains the nation’s poorest big city, with a poverty rate that has stayed stagnant over the last 5 years.


By: Molly Knowles, Research & Communications Manager

On December 4 and 5, several Center for Hunger-Free Communities staff members attended the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities Conference here in Philadelphia. This conference brought together health care providers, community organizations, researchers, government representatives, and others interested in addressing trauma through multi-sector action.


By: Mariana Chilton

I had a fantastic experience at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Impact. Despite being one of the few people from the non-profit sector, I was warmly welcomed to join for an extraordinary two days.



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