Deb Gordon’s guest was Brooke Smith, Director of The Grassroots Action Network at WhyHunger, which was co-founded by American folk singer songwriter Harry Chapin to help end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and supporting grassroots solutions.
Ms. Brooke provided data about the hungry in our community including the daunting fact that over 2 million New Yorkers are food insecure.
Also discussed how WhyHunger helped those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the fact that the organization was also personally impacted because their partner, Added Value, a farm located in the hard hit Red Hook section of Brooklyn and provides help and education about healthy food to seniors and youth in the community, lost most of its infrastructure and all of its equipment due to the storm. WhyHunger also worked directly with FEMA, and used their National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3-hungry) to get additional food and other resources like SNAP or food stamps to those who normally wouldn’t qualify. Ms. Smith relayed stories from the WhyHunger Hotline about those requesting help because of the disaster and the positive way the service impacted the community. Ms. Brooke expressed the sentiment that the rising levels of poverty and those who have to rely on food stamps is a kind of disaster in and of itself, and should be addressed as urgently as natural disasters.
Spotlighted Hungerthon 2012, which is WhyHunger’s largest outreach, and is an annual campaign and radio broadcast event, that raises fund and awareness in support of WhyHunger’s partners. This year, Hungerthon will be held from December 8th through December 15th and listeners can go online to www.hungerthon.org and bid on a variety of items including autographed memorabilia from Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and many more. For more information, visit www.hungerthon.com.
You can also donate by texting the word “Imagine” to 50555 and an automatic $10 donation will be sent to WhyHunger (message and data rates may apply.) The money raised will go to help millions of hungry people here in New York, the U.S., and worldwide.