There are two key ways in which you and other people in the United States can help reduce hunger and poverty: understanding-- this implies learning-- and action. Action can take three key forms: influencing public policy, contributing financially, and working directly with poor people.
Learn about hunger and poverty. What are the situations confronting poor people in the United States and in the world, and what are the underlying factors causing their hunger and poverty? A key step to helping poor people is to increase your understanding through learning. For more information, please see the Hunger Notes department Learn More About Hunger
Amnesty International There is an incredible amount of injustice and oppression in the world. Perhaps the key way in which governments suppress 'their' people is by imprisoning, torturing, and killing people who speak up and become leaders for human rights. Amazingly, Amnesty International keeps track of a large number of those imprisoned and launches international letter and legal campaigns for their release.
BAIDO (Bay Area International Development Organizations) is a network of San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits doing international development work. It has a good collection of web links on key development issues.
Center of Concern Through research, analysis, networking, public education and advocacy, the Center works to advance more just, sustainable and authentically human development for all, especially for the marginalized and those in poverty.
Children's Defense Fund is the leading advocacy group in support of poor children in the United States.
The Hunger Project is a movement that works to eradicate hunger by fostering global citizenry.
Jubilee USA is the U.S. organization that is a key part of a global movement seeking to cancel the debts of the world's poorest countries.
NETWORK is a national Catholic social justice organization.
World Hunger Year (WHY) seeks to promote partnerships for empowerment and community building.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) is the worldwide humanitarian arm of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. Through a network of nearly 200 food banks, Second Harvest distributes food to 26 million hungry Americans each year.
Catholic Relief Services is the humanitarian arm of the U.S. Catholic community.
Church World Service is a coalition of 36 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions in the United States, cooperating worldwide in programs of long-term development, emergency response and assistance to refugees.
Freedom from Hunger is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, international development organization dedicated to ending chronic hunger and poverty through self-help programs that serve women.
InterAction A coalition of more than 150 non-profit organizations. Check here if you do not see the organization you are looking for on our website.
Lutheran World Relief works in overseas development and relief.
Mennonite Central Committee is the relief and development arm of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches.
Oxfam International is an international group of independent non-governmental organizations dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. There is a United States Oxfam.
Congressional Hunger Center develops new and existing anti-hunger leaders through various programs including its Mickey Leland Hunger Fellows Program, which are one- year programs with stipends.