Recent Advocacy and Direct Service Accomplishments


(Hunger Free America is) one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation.” -Nation Magazine

“If you want to support first-class advocacy to combat hunger, go with the NYC Coalition Against Hunger [now known as Hunger Free America], a persistent and persuasive voice on the ways and means to have fewer people go to bed on an empty stomach.” -Errol Louis, New York Daily News

HUNGER FREE AMERICA (formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger) is a national nonprofit group building a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

Advocacy, Research, and Policy: We played a key role in beating back Trump and House G.O.P. proposals to take billions of dollars in nutrition assistance away from millions of children, seniors, working people, veterans, people with disabilities, and unemployed people.

AmeriCorps VISTA: Our AmeriCorps VISTA program, operating across 27 states with 76 full-time national service participants in 2018, recruited 3,779 volunteers to build the capacities of local anti-hunger programs and directly enabled 2,145 families to receive government nutrition assistance.

USDA National Hunger Hotline Clearinghouse:  Working under contract from the federal government, in 2018, we enabled more than 20,000 individuals and families to access non-profit and government food resources.

Child Nutrition: We led successful efforts to get New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to propose – and the State Legislature to enact into law – a mandate for all high-needs schools to serve breakfasts in first-period classrooms. As a result, hundreds of thousands of additional children state-wide will receive healthy breakfasts every school day.

Benefits Access: Our Benefits Access team connected more than 3,000 low-income New Yorkers with benefits to access food across four of the five boroughs. We distributed more than 200,000 free Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance to over 550 agencies.

Food Action Board (FAB): Our pioneering FAB program empowered 60 low-income community members to fight for their own futures and build the anti-hunger movement by helping them develop their leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills.

Strategic Volunteerism Program: Our ground-breaking Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service initiative connected people and groups with skills-based and high-impact volunteer opportunities that make the biggest difference in the national fight against hunger.