The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Breaking the Cycle

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

Join us today, Tuesday, October 30 at 2 p.m., as we stand with 130,000 Philadelphia workers, 40 endorsing organizations, and eight City Councilmembers in the fight for economic justice. 

October 30, 2018 

2 p.m

City Hall


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 have experienced economic hardship are leading the conversation.

Here are a few highlights from 2014:

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 organizations will take to social media to talk about the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).  Join in the conversation by tweeting and posting pictures and statements of what SNAP means to

Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA May 2-4, 2012

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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