Hunger/Homelessness

Founding a Charity at 6, and Walking Across the Country for It at 12
July 30, 2010

Zachary L. Bonner has walked nearly 1,950 miles from his home outside Tampa, Fla., to this spot in the desert, and he intends to walk another 500 miles or so to the Pacific Ocean, all to raise money for homeless children.

At 12 years old, he is something of a prodigy among do-gooders. This is the third and longest trek he has organized to raise money for the Little Red Wagon Foundation, the charity he started when he was 6 to help get water to people after Hurricane Charley hit Florida in 2004.

Starved for Attention: A Radical New Vision of Malnutrition
June 3, 2010

NEW YORK, JUNE 2, 2010  – The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the VII Photo agency today launched “Starved for Attention,” a global multimedia campaign presenting a unique and new perspective of childhood malnutrition, a preventable and treatable condition that nonetheless claims the lives of millions of children each year.  

The collaboration challenges established notions of malnutrition through a seven-part mini-documentary series; clichéd images are substituted with those of parents and health workers struggling to meet the nutritional needs of young, growing children.  Starved for Attention highlights how increased childhood sickness and early death can be prevented with effective nutritional interventions. The campaign launch coincides with the onset of a particularly harsh “hunger gap” season in Africa’s Sahel region, the period when staple food crops run out before the next harvest and malnutrition typically increases. 

NeighborWorks America Receives $1 Million Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation
May 25, 2010

Washington, D.C. — NeighborWorks America today announced that it received $1 million from The Rockefeller Foundation in support of infrastructure development and upgraded technical support for nonprofit housing counseling organizations. The grant will help to strengthen and supplement nonprofit housing counseling capacity and increase their efficiency and ability to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Wal-Mart Gives $2 Billion to Fight Hunger
May 13, 2010

The Wal-Mart Corporation announced plans Wednesday to contribute $2 billion in cash and food to the nation’s food banks, one of the largest corporate gifts on record.

Over the next five years, the giant retail company will distribute some 1.1 billion pounds of food to food banks and provide $250 million to help them buy refrigerated trucks, improve storage and develop better logistics.

Hunger in U.S. at a 14-Year High
November 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2009, The New York Times — The number of Americans who lived in households that lacked consistent access to adequate food soared last year, to 49 million, the highest since the government began tracking what it calls “food insecurity” 14 years ago, the Department of Agriculture reported Monday.

Detroit to Get Kellogg Foundation Grant to Increase Healthy Food for Children
November 17, 2009

November 16, 2009, Crains Detroit — The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation plans to invest $32.5 million over three years in efforts to increase access to healthy food and physical activity for vulnerable children and their families in nine U.S. communities, including Detroit.

Tom's of Maine and Charity: Water Team Up to Fund Global Clean Water Projects With Instant, Mobile Donation Campaign
October 14, 2009

KENNEBUNK, Maine, October 14, 2009 —  Almost a billion people across the
planet do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Yet, in some
countries, a mere $5 can give one person clean water for five years. Today,
Tom's of Maine extends its ongoing commitment to doing good and supporting good in communities through a partnership with charity: water, the U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Through December 31, 2009, Tom's of Maine will match each $5 donation* made by texting WELL to 20222, up to $10,000, to fund important water projects in areas most in need. One hundred percent of the public's donations will go directly to freshwater projects. Tom's of Maine is also supporting charity: water's 100% model by providing additional funds to underwrite the costs of this campaign.

Whole Foods to Food Banks
September 29, 2009

September 29, 2009, The Washington Post — The Germantown woman was loading boxes of food from the Manna food bank into a shiny sport-utility vehicle one recent afternoon when she was approached by a donor dropping off food.