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.

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.

In the past, Witnesses to Hunger in Philadelphia focused on the issue of housing and homelessness. Under the leadership of the advisory board, the Philadelphia witnesses participated in service learning projects with homeless families in Philadelphia and worked 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.


News and Past Events

Fair Workweek City Council Hearing

51% of workers with unpredictable work schedules experienced hunger hardship in the last year. Compare that to 23% of workers with predictable schedules. Something has to change

India Baxley, 25, a single mother in Northeast Philadelphia on welfare, credits Drexel University’s Building Wealth and Health Network with giving her a workable budget plan.

The Building Wealth and Health Network's on-going successes and future plans are the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article, Drexel Program Addresses Trauma to Help Women in Poverty Save Money - and One Day Create a Bank. The article highlighted the Network's recently released outcomes paper, and featured commentary by the program's founder, Dr. Mariana Chilton, the Project Director, Falguni Patel, MPH, and Network members India Baxley, Naomi Robinson, and Stephanie Sahko.


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


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