Help Reduce Hunger

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist

Bread for the World Advocates on Capitol Hill
People like you help reduce hunger

In 1970, an estimated 34 percent of the global population was undernourished. In 2022, the percentage dropped to 9.2 percent.


Because generations of committed people from all corners of the globe have worked together to find solutions to the problem of hunger.

The work is not done.

You are an important part of the future and can make a difference for people all over the world who experience hunger. Big or small, your efforts matter.


Five ways you can combat hunger

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1. Educate yourself
Understanding hunger is crucial. Stay updated on the latest research and initiatives to comprehend its complexities and new advancements.

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2. Advocate for change
Share your knowledge with your community or network or advocate for policies that eradicate hunger. Become a volunteer leader.

3. Volunteer your skills
Join local food pantries or global organizations like the Peace Corps and impact lives. Help fundraise, send postcards or ask how your specialized skills can help advance a nonprofits mission.

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4. Support anti-hunger organizations

Donate to groups making significant strides in fighting hunger, helping them continue their vital work.

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5. Build a career to end hunger

Turn your passion into action. Careers in policy, humanitarian aid, or nutrition are at the forefront of this global fight.


Organizational Guide for Education and Advocacy

Who’s involved with hunger?

From the outset, the World Hunger Education Service has been dedicated to creating a central platform that unites various organizations committed to addressing hunger issues. In addition to education, our goal was to provide a guide to other organizations at the forefront of global and domestic hunger. 

What is in the guide?

In the 2024 organizational guide, you will find a wide range of organizations: advocacy, humanitarian, think tanks, coalitions, and other platforms dedicated to addressing hunger.

This list is by no means exhaustive. If your organization addresses global or domestic hunger and you would like to be listed, please let us know at

Who is the guide for?

  • Students looking for fact sheets, internships, or aiming to get an idea about potential future employers.
  • Researchers seeking information on other organizations in the same sector, offering subscriptions to newsletters, new data, updates on relevant events, and networking opportunities.
  • Advocates researching organizations where they can amplify their voice, invest in important work, or find opportunities to get involved and make an impact.


Organizations addressing hunger


Action Against Hunger (Humanitarian Organization): An international organization committed to ending world hunger, providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) (Humanitarian Organization): An international humanitarian organization belonging to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, ADRA works to provide relief and development to individuals in more than 130 countries, focusing on community development and disaster relief, including food security and hunger alleviation initiatives.

AJWS (Humanitarian Organization): AJWS, or American Jewish World Service, is a humanitarian organization that works to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world through philanthropy and advocacy.

Alliance to End Hunger (Coalition): Engages diverse stakeholders to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad, fostering strategic partnerships and advocating for effective solutions.

American Red Cross (Humanitarian Organization): The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education to communities in need. 

AME-SADA (Humanitarian Organization): AME-SADA is a humanitarian organization dedicated to addressing food insecurity and poverty in Africa, particularly in rural communities.

Amnesty International (Humanitarian Organization): A global movement advocating for human rights, including the right to food, through research, advocacy, and campaigns to prevent and end abuses.


Bread for the World (Advocacy Group): A collective Christian advocacy organization that urges lawmakers to change policies, programs, and conditions to end hunger and poverty.

Brookings Institution (Think Tank): A nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., focusing on in-depth research and analysis of various global and national issues, including economic development, governance, and global poverty, with initiatives aimed at addressing hunger and food security through policy recommendations and advocacy


CARE (Humanitarian Organization): An international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls.

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) (Domestic Relief): A national network of agencies providing relief to those in need, including hunger relief services, across the United States through food programs, pantries, and community gardens.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (Humanitarian Organization): The international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, dedicated to assisting the poor and vulnerable overseas through relief and development programs, including efforts to combat hunger.

Center for American Progress (CAP) (Policy Institute): CAP develops new policy ideas and analysis of the U.S. economy, including impacts of hunger. 

Church World Service (CWS) (Humanitarian Organization): A cooperative ministry of Christian denominations working globally to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice, through humanitarian assistance, sustainable development projects, and advocacy.

CGIAR (formerly known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) (Research Organization): A global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secured future, focusing on reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources.

Circle of Protection (Coalition): A broad coalition of Christian leaders from diverse denominations working together to advocate for policies and programs that protect and uplift the poor and hungry, both in the United States and around the world

CNFA (Development Organization): CNFA, formerly known as Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, is a nonprofit organization that works to stimulate economic growth and improve livelihoods in rural communities by promoting agricultural development and food security initiatives.

Concern Worldwide (Humanitarian Organization): An international humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries, with a focus on emergency response and long-term development projects aimed at eradicating extreme hunger and malnutrition.

Congressional Hunger Center (Advocacy Group): Specializes in fostering leadership to combat hunger through fellowship and intern opportunities, policy advocacy, and educational resources. It connects community work with policy initiatives for effective hunger solutions


Devex (Media Platform): A social enterprise and media platform for the global development community, providing news, analysis, and tools to support development professionals in improving their work, with coverage on issues including aid, health, education, and efforts to combat hunger and poverty. Subscribers can view global development job board.


ELCA World Hunger (Program by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) (Humanitarian Organization): A comprehensive and sustainable program that addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty through relief, development, education, and advocacy initiatives worldwide.

Episcopal Relief & Development (Humanitarian Organization): Affiliated with the Episcopal Church, this organization addresses global hunger and poverty by supporting sustainable solutions and providing emergency assistance to communities in need.


Feeding America (Domestic Relief): The largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S., operating a nationwide network of food banks. Feeding America provides meals to millions of people through food pantries and meal programs, while also engaging in advocacy efforts to end hunger.

Feed the Future (U.S. Government Initiative, Development Agency): The U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, aiming to address the root causes of hunger and poverty by promoting agricultural development and nutrition, enhancing food security, and building resilience among vulnerable communities around the world.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (UN Agency, Development Agency): Leads international efforts to defeat hunger, improve nutrition, and food security by assisting governments and development agencies in developing and implementing policies and programs.

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) (Advocacy Group): Works to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

Food Tank (Think Tank): Dedicated to building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters, Food Tank highlights sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty through research and education.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) (Advocacy Group): A Quaker lobby in the public interest that advocates for peace, justice, and environmental stewardship, including policies to reduce hunger and poverty globally.


Global Child Nutrition Foundation (Development Organization): The Global Child Nutrition Foundation focuses on improving child nutrition and education worldwide by supporting school feeding programs. Through advocacy, technical assistance, and partnerships, the foundation helps governments and organizations establish sustainable school meal programs,

Global Citizen (Advocacy Group): A movement of engaged citizens using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. They focus on promoting sustainable development goals, including efforts to eliminate global hunger through advocacy, awareness campaigns, and partnerships with policymakers and organizations.

The Global Food Banking Network (Humanitarian Organization): The Global Food Banking Network works to alleviate hunger by supporting food banks worldwide. They provide resources, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to food banks, enabling them to efficiently collect and distribute surplus food to those in need, thereby reducing hunger and food waste globally.

The Global Goals (Initiative by the United Nations, Policy Institute): A global initiative focusing on 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all, with specific targets to be achieved by 2030, including efforts to eliminate hunger through Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

Global Hunger Index (GHI) (Tool): An annual report published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels, aiming to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, and to provide a way to compare levels of hunger between countries and regions.

Global Volunteers (Humanitarian Organization): Global Volunteers mobilizes volunteers to support community-led initiatives worldwide, including projects aimed at addressing hunger and promoting sustainable development. 

Grameen Foundation (NGO) (Development Organization):An organization that empowers the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger, using microfinance and technology to drive financial inclusion and improve agricultural productivity.

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (Research Institute): Focuses on improving food security and healthy food access through research, program evaluation, and capacity building. The center collaborates with various partners to develop and evaluate strategies that promote healthy eating and active living, applying a health equity lens to all its activities

Grow Hope Globally (Development Organization): Grow Hope Globally focuses on addressing hunger and poverty through sustainable agricultural development projects in vulnerable communities worldwide. By providing resources, training, and support for local farmers, they empower communities to improve food security, increase agricultural productivity, and build resilience against hunger and economic hardship.


Helen Keller International (Humanitarian Organization): Helen Keller International is a global organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable communities, including those affected by malnutrition and food insecurity. 

Heifer International (NGO) (Humanitarian Organization: Works to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, by providing livestock and environmentally sustainable agricultural training to improve the well-being of families around the world.

Hunger Free America (Advocacy Group): Works to end hunger in the U.S. by advocating for policy changes and implementing programs that ensure access to nutritious food for all Americans, particularly those in low-income communities.

The Hunger Project (NGO) (Development Organization): Employs a holistic approach to end hunger and poverty by empowering women and men to become self-reliant, improving their communities through sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies.


InterAction (Coalition): A coalition of global NGOs working together to eliminate poverty and ensure human rights, including efforts to combat hunger through collaborative advocacy and humanitarian initiatives.

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) (Research Institute): Provides evidence-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) (Humanitarian Organization): A global humanitarian aid, relief, and development organization, which responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Islamic Relief USA (Humanitarian Organization): Islamic Relief USA is a humanitarian organization that provides aid and support to vulnerable communities worldwide, including those affected by hunger and food insecurity.


Jubilee USA Network (Advocacy Group): Interfaith alliance of development and advocacy organizations, addressing the structural causes of poverty and inequality in our communities and countries around the world.


KIDS COUNT Data Book (Report by Annie E. Casey Foundation) (Research Institution): An annual publication that assesses child well-being in the United States by analyzing and ranking each state based on key indicators, providing valuable insights for policymakers, researchers, and advocates​


Lutheran World Relief (Humanitarian Organization): Lutheran World Relief is a global humanitarian organization that works to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. 


MAZON (Advocacy Organization): A Jewish response to hunger.  Through advocacy, education, and grant making, MAZON supports policies and programs that address the root causes of hunger and ensure access to nutritious food for all. 

Meals on Wheels America (Domestic Relief): Supports community-based senior nutrition programs to combat hunger and isolation among the elderly.

Mennonite Central Committee  (MCC) (Humanitarian Organization): An international organization associated with Anabaptist churches, MCC focuses on humanitarian relief, development, and peace efforts. It addresses hunger through emergency food aid, sustainable agriculture programs, and by supporting food security initiatives in vulnerable communities worldwide.

Mercy Corps (Humanitarian Organization): A global humanitarian organization. With a focus on regions affected by disaster, conflict, and economic collapse, Mercy Corps provides critical and sustainable resources such as food, water, and shelter to help communities rebuild and grow stronger.

Micronutrient Forum (Research Institute): The Micronutrient Forum advances global efforts to address micronutrient deficiencies through stakeholder collaboration, knowledge sharing, and evidence-based advocacy. 


National WIC Association (Advocacy Group): The National WIC Association advocates for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and healthcare referrals to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice (Advocacy Group): A Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, NETWORK educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation, including efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.

No Kid Hungry (Campaign by Share Our Strength) (Advocacy Group): Aimed at ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day.


One Acre Fund (Development Organization): One Acre Fund empowers smallholder farmers in East Africa and beyond by providing them with training, financing, and agricultural inputs to increase their productivity and incomes.

The ONE Campaign (NGO) (Advocacy Group): An advocacy organization campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, focusing on smart investments in nutrition, health, and education.

Our World in Data (Research Project): An online publication that presents empirical research and data on the world’s largest problems, including global poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. It aims to make data accessible and understandable, providing a comprehensive resource for understanding the complex issues affecting the world and the progress being made towards their solutions.

Oxfam International (Humanitarian Group): Works to end the injustice of poverty, including efforts to combat hunger, through advocacy, emergency response, and sustainable development programs.


Partners Worldwide (Development Organization): Partners Worldwide is a global network of business and community leaders committed to ending poverty through entrepreneurship.

Peace Corps (U.S. Government Agency): Volunteers serve worldwide to tackle challenges related to hunger and food security among others.

Presbyterian Hunger Program (Development Organization): An initiative by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), focused on alleviating hunger and eliminating its causes, working through direct food relief, development assistance, and influencing policy on food security, both domestically and globally.


ReliefWeb (Humanitarian Information Service): Operated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), ReliefWeb is a leading online source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters. Includes a development job board.

RESULTS (Advocacy Group): A grassroots advocacy organization committed to ending poverty, which includes efforts to combat hunger through policy change.


Save the Children (NGO) (Humanitarian Organization): An international organization working to ensure children worldwide receive adequate nutrition and the means to secure food.

Statista (Data Portal): A statistics and market research portal providing access to data from over 22,500 sources, covering a wide range of topics including global issues like hunger and poverty, offering insights through charts, infographics, and reports

Society for International Development (Development Organization): The Society for International Development (SID) is a global network of individuals and organizations committed to promoting sustainable development and social justice worldwide. Through research, advocacy, and capacity-building initiatives, SID works to address the root causes of poverty, inequality, and food insecurity


Talk Poverty (Data Portal): A project dedicated to providing a space for discussing poverty in America, including issues related to hunger, with in-depth analysis, data, and personal stories to drive advocacy and policy change.


UNICEF (United Nations Agency): The United Nations Children’s Fund focuses on the rights and well-being of children worldwide, including initiatives to combat child hunger and malnutrition, ensuring every child has access to nutritious food and clean water.

United Way (Domestic Relief): United Way addresses hunger in America through advocacy and direct action. They advocate for anti-hunger programs and policies at the national, state, and local levels while also supporting food banks, organizing food drives, and providing assistance through their 211 service, which helps millions of Americans access food resources​

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (U.S. Government Agency): Implements various programs aimed at improving food security and reducing hunger in the United States and abroad.

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) (Advocacy Group): A broad-based influential network of over 500 businesses and NGOs, along with a bipartisan group of national security and foreign policy experts, advocating for increased U.S. investment in diplomacy and development to promote global stability, reduce poverty, and address global challenges including hunger and malnutrition.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)(U.S. Government Agency): Leads the U.S. government’s efforts to combat global hunger through agricultural development and food aid.


WhyHunger (Advocacy Group): Aims to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

World Bank (International Financial Institution): Works to reduce poverty and support development by providing financial and technical assistance to developing countries for development programs (e.g., bridges, roads, schools, etc.) that are expected to improve the economic prospects and quality of life for people, including efforts to combat hunger and enhance food security.

World Economic Forum (Development Organization): An international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. It engages leaders in various fields to shape global, regional, and industry agendas, including addressing issues of poverty and hunger through initiatives and discussions on food security, sustainable agriculture, and economic development

World Food Programme (WFP) (Humanitarian Organization): The food assistance branch of the United Nations, providing emergency assistance and working to improve nutrition and food security.

World Hunger Education Service (Education Organization): Dedicated to reducing global hunger and malnutrition through education, this organization offers resources and insights to foster a comprehensive understanding of hunger issues. It connects individuals and groups working towards hunger solutions and encourages informed action through its platform, Hunger Notes.

World Vision  (Humanitarian Organization): A Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice, including efforts to alleviate hunger and improve food security.


1,000 Days (Advocacy Group): Focuses on ensuring the best nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, a critical period for preventing hunger and promoting healthy development.


  • World Hunger Education
    P.O. Box 29015
    Washington, D.C. 20017
  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.