Why Hunger, the leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty, is celebrating the 30th year of Hungerthon, and Deb Gordon’s guests were Suzanne Babb, Community Partnerships Manager at Why Hunger; and Denny Marsh, Executive Director of Neighbors Together.
A long-time advocate for the rights of the underserved, Ms. Babb discussed the many systemic inequities that cause hunger and poverty, and how Why Hunger engages national and local community partners to foster their mission.
Neighbor’s Together is one of Why Hunger’s local partners, based in Brooklyn, which focuses on hunger, homelessness, and health.
“Neighbor’s Together does a lot of organizing around root causes of poverty, like income and equality, advocating for SNAP and those kinds of issues,” stated Babb. “In order for us to solve hunger, we need to get to the root causes.”
Ms. Marsh provided background information about Neighbor’s Together, a non profit that provides emergency food to people in the most underserved parts of Brooklyn, and strives to provide healthy nutritious and complete meals to the community.
“We’ve really tried to do a lot around incorporating more fresh produce into our meals every day – whole grains, lean proteins, and lower sodium, lower sugar, to really provide the nutrients that people need to function in their daily lives, said Marsh.
Ms. Marsh also discussed Neighbor’s Together’s efforts to combat homelessness , engage low income New Yorkers, and also address the issue of three quarter housing.
“We provide direct help to individuals to find housing if they are homeless. We’re also working to involve low income New Yorkers in the fight for housing justice,” said Marsh. “A lot of the people who come to Neighbor’s Together let us know that housing is really the biggest barrier to stability in their lives.”
Spotlighted Hungerthon, Why Hunger’s fundraising campaign that raises money to fighting hunger and poverty. CBS Radio is one of the Hungerthon radio partners taking part in the auction whereby people who participate can win great auction and donation prizes, including items by Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and the late John Lennon.
“87 cents to the dollar goes directly to programmatic work. It’s going directly to those groups that we have been working with, like Neighbor’s Together, to help build their capacity and further their work to end hunger and poverty,” said Babb.
For more information, call the Why Hunger hotline at 1-8005-HUNGRY, or visit www.whyhunger.org.
You can learn more about Neighbor’s Together at www.neighborstogether.org.
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