Hunger/Homelessness

An Interview With Kristin Valentine, Director of Development, Bread for the City
September 1, 2009

Bread for the City began as a volunteer-run free health clinic in 1974. Shortly thereafter, it began distributing food and clothing to the poor of Washington, D.C. Over the years, the organization's programs grew to include a legal clinic, social services program and, most recently, an advocacy program. In 2002, Bread for the City opened its second full-service center in Southeast D.C., and currently is undergoing an $8.25 million capital campaign to expand its Northwest Center by 11,000 square feet. The goal is to break ground for this new project in fall 2009, with a projected move-in date of fall 2010

Bob Dylan Christmas Album Confirmed, to Benefit Charity
August 27, 2009

New York, August 26, 2009, Billboard — The holiday season is coming a bit early for Bob Dylan fans, as the legendary singer-songwriter is set to release his first Christmas album entitled "Christmas in the Heart" on October 13. Dylan has teamed up with Feeding America (feedingamerica.org) for this release and will donate all present and future U.S. royalties from the sales of "Christmas in the Heart" to this organization. Feeding America provides meal assistance, serving more than four million meals during the holiday season.

Home Depot Pledges $30-Million for Green-Building Effort
August 4, 2009

August 4, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — The home-repair and construction company Home Depot is pledging $30-million to help Habitat for Humanity International build affordable housing that is environmentally friendly.

Stimulus Law Bolsters Food Bank Offerings
August 3, 2009

July 29, 2009, The New York Times — Struggling to meet a demand for food that spiked with the unemployment rate, some food pantries have had to turn away people seeking help. Others are packing a little less food into each shopping bag they give out. But recently the nation’s food banks received a $100 million windfall of extra food, as part of the federal stimulus law.

Rebuilding Together, Lowe's Announce $1 Million Contribution
July 30, 2009

Washington, D.C., July 30,2009 — Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation today announced a $1 million grant award to Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership.

SNICKERS(R) Brand and David Arquette Make a Big Move to Help Feeding America Bar Hunger
July 14, 2009

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., July 14, 2009 — Mars Snackfood US announced today that its SNICKERS(R) Brand is teaming up with Feeding America to 'Bar Hunger' - a campaign to help the one in eight Americans struggling with hunger(1). As part of 'Bar Hunger,' SNICKERS will donate the equivalent of at least three million meals to Feeding America in 2009. The brand will also educate and inspire Americans to help through special branding and educational verbiage on its SNICKERS packaging, dedicated national advertising, its Facebook(R) Page located at www.facebook.com/snickers, as well as series of events throughout the year.

Homeless Families Increasing, U.S. Finds
July 10, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009, The New York Times — Several years of progress in reducing the number of chronically homeless people ended last year, a study released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows.