Nineteen-year-old New York City student Orayne Williams knows a lot about how to avoid becoming a statistic. Last year Williams, who was abandoned by his family when he was 12 and spent his teen years living in homeless shelters, managed to graduate from high school with honors and enrolled at Manhattanville College on a full scholarship. His campus dormitory was his first non-shelter home in years. Last November, he founded a new nonprofit, the Progressive People Movement Inc., which hopes to help at-risk "youth break free from the cycles of homelessness, incarceration, poverty and failure."
A program supplying tons of food to food shelves around Minnesota, suspended by the state government shutdown, was quickly restored after a hunger organization filed a plea with the state.
Colleen Moriarty, executive director of the nonprofit Hunger Solutions Minnesota, said she read on the website of the state Department of Human Services that "food commodity distribution to food shelves" was being halted during the shutdown.
Moriarty said that created "plenty of panic" among food shelf and food bank operators.
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a leader in the national anti-hunger community, has awarded more than $3 million to 286 carefully screened organizations fighting hunger in the United States, Israel and selected developing nations. Over its 25-year history, MAZON has made grants totaling more than $53 million.
For a complete list of 2011 grant recipients, please visit http://mazon.org/go/2011grants/
Kraft Foods, the U.S.-based food and beverage giant, has announced a $3.8 million initiative to help eradicate child malnutrition in Indonesia and Bangladesh in partnership with Helen Keller International.
Announced at a World Economic Forum meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, the program will fund 180 farming "centers of excellence" over the next four years in the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) region of Indonesia and the Satkhira district of Bangladesh.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has formed the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles. Bryant will hold a news conference Tuesday at My Friend's Place, a nonprofit resource center that offers free emergency services to about 1,600 homeless people a year, according to its website.
An innovative new social-media engagement platform launched by the United Nations World Food Programme is using the power of social media to raise the funds needed to feed tens of thousands of hungry children around the world.
WeFeedback engages supporters through an online “Feedback Calculator” that helps them work out how many children they could feed if they donated the cost of a favorite food item. Through social networks, followers of WeFeedback can track how many children their communities feed and what popular food items are being donated throughout the world.
Thursday Salt Lake City launched the Homeless Outreach Service Team program. Donation meters throughout downtown will allow people to give spare change to the homeless rather than to those who ask for it on the streets. All money collected in the meters will be distributed to homeless service providers in the city through the Pamela J. Atkinson Foundation.
Copywriter Jenny Nicholson thought a game to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness would help Urban Ministries tell its story. The result is SPENT, a game launched Feb. 8. In its first month it attracted more than 500,000 visitors who played the game more than 870,000 times, with the average visitor spending more than 10 minutes on the site.
The game, which has been played by visitors in more 155 countries, has generated nearly $11,000 in contributions from more than 500 donors, with the average donor giving roughly $20.
The Home Depot Foundation announced a pledge of $30 million over three years to address veterans’ housing issues. The Foundation’s financial commitment will be amplified by associates from The Home Depot, who will volunteer their time and home improvement know-how skills to projects across the country.
The initiative will kick off immediately by providing a total of $3.1 million to Fisher House Foundation, The Mission Continues and Volunteers of America to repair and rehabilitate facilities and homes serving veterans of all ages.
Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, will present The Lincy Foundation with the "Donor of the Year" Award at the national meeting of the Feeding America network in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 13.
Since 2007, The Lincy Foundation has granted nearly $60 million to the Feeding America network. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 Feeding America-member food banks support 61,000 local agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.