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

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.  

Erica's Daughter Reading

Faced with a $51 million cut to kindergarten funding, the Philadelphia School District has proposed eliminating full-day kindergarten. Half-day programs, which ended in the city in 1996, would be disastrous for Philadelphia's children. 


Imani Sullivan and Dr. Mariana Chilton were interviewed on July 13, 2009, on the Praise in the City radio show. 


Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Angela Sutton, mother of two, spoke to reporters on February 10 about her struggles feeding her children at a press event unveiling local anti-hunger advocates' plan to end huger.


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