Our Poetry Fundraiser for Roots for Life on January 21, 2023 was pretty darn fine. All the hunger-focused poems and remarks were very, very moving. And as a result, Roots for Life is going to benefit!! Yes!
Deep gratitudes to all who attended and all who have donated.
A 50+-minute recording of the event is here -- An Anti-Hunger Poetry Reading and Fundraiser for Roots for Life - YouTube
Donations are still being accepted All funds raised will be used by Roots for Life to purchase a fridge system that will allow for better distribution of food to those who are hungry in Washington, DC.
You can donate here -- Poetry x Hunger — Roots for Life (roots-for-life.org)
In the meantime, here's to the Power of Poetry to Help Alleviate Hunger!
Here are two links to short info-articles about some of the amazing work that kids are doing to fight hunger.
Take a look:
Kreative Koalas in Australia -- http://kreativekoalas.com.au/downloads/action-reports/annangrove-public-school-community-action-project-report.pdf
From People Magazine in the U.S. --Students in Pennsylvania Farm Food at School for Food Desert (people.com)
Here's an October 13, 2022 posting by Feed the Children about what many, many American kids are facing (Link)
Ten percent of US Households Were Food Insecure in 2021
The US Department of Agriculture has recently released a report about household levels of food (in)security in the US in 2021. One key finding is that more than 10% of households in the US were food insecure. Here's the link to the full report -- Household Food Security in the United States in 2021 (usda.gov) And, here's the link to a letter from the Alliance to End Hunger about the report -- https://alliancetoendhunger.org/alliance-to-end-hunger-statement-on-usda-2021-food-security-report/
Yes! The Stanbury Forum's September 11, 2022 e-edition gives top story coverage to Poetry X Hunger. See the link below.
The Forum features "regular discussion by writers, activists and scholars on the topics that Jeff [Stansbury] focused his life on: labor, immigration, the environment, politics and world affairs."
Thanks to The Forum's' Robert Gumpert and Peter Olney for their support. And, a special thanks to artist/poet Diane Wilbon Parks for providing our terrific logo artwork, and to poets Forestine Bynum and Heyssel Mariel Molinares Sosa for letting us include their moving poems in the article.
The Power of Poetry to Speak Back to Hunger | The Stansbury Forum
Here's a statement from the Alliance to End Hunger about the upcoming Conference.
Statement on Date Announcement for White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
August 29, 2022
The Alliance to End Hunger applauds the announcement of Wednesday, September 28 as the date for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. The conference, originally announced in May, was established with a stated goal to “End hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so that fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.”
The last White House conference devoted to hunger and nutrition was held over 50 years ago and played a pivotal role in improving what is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school feeding programs, and helped establish the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This year the White House solicited input and recommendations from stakeholders across the country. The Alliance to End Hunger hosted a virtual listening session with its Hunger Free Communities Network and submitted subsequent recommendations.
The Alliance urges the White House Conference to take this once-in-a-generation opportunity to end hunger and improve nutrition and health outcomes. The conference should be centered on addressing poverty-related hunger and its root causes; engaging people with lived experience and expertise; and focus on reducing racial, ethnic, and other disparities in food insecurity along with other priorities endorsed by national anti-hunger organizations.
“The United States – along with the rest of the world – has faced exceptional adversity when seeking to ensure food and nutrition security for everyone in the last few years,” Stated Eric Mitchell, Executive Director for the Alliance to End Hunger. “It is our hope that the White House Conference will address hunger and malnutrition in a holistic, sustainable, and equitable way. We thank the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress for making this conference a reality, and look forward to working together to ensure that the outcomes of the conference lead to genuine and long-lasting impact.”
Minerva Delgado (she/her)
Director of Coalitions & Advocacy
Alliance to End Hunger
"Let's wipe out hunger one poem at a time!" -- Poet Willeena Booker
As a result of Poetry X Hunger's August 8, 2022 online event which showcased hunger-focused poems by 25 poets from all over the world, lots of folks donated to a variety of anti-hunger organizations and causes. And, hey, you can still donate! Just choose an organization that fights hunger, and make a donation in honor of Poetry X Hunger.
Here's a link to a 17-minute out-take from the session. https://youtu.be/zoKPRUcBW4Q
And here's the link to the full 80-minute session. https://youtu.be/nabQxkatV8I or or https://youtu.be/iiupXiGHQpU
The good folks at Pennsylvania State University's Global Teachi Ag(riculture) Network (GTAN) showcased a powerful hunger-focused poem by Sistah Joy Alford in the August 2022 issue of the GTAN newsletter. Titled, When/Photo Op, the poem was first published on the Poetry X Hunger website. Here's the link to the newsletter: https://conta.cc/3PYnO51
This 9-minute video is part of an interview series with Jan Smith, Executive Director of SOMOS: A Place for Words in Taos, New Mexico, USA, and Juan Morales who, as a faculty member for the 6th Annual Taos Writers Conference, 7/29-7/31/22, will discuss Hunger and Ritual: Writing Poetry on Food:
Click the link to see the video: Hunger and Ritual: Writing Poetry on Food
The Washington, DC (USA) community-based hunger prevention group, Roots for Life (Roots for Life (roots-for-life.org) has selected two poems from the Poetry X Hunger website to feature on their website.
See Methany Eltigani's poem here -- https://www.roots-for-life.org/resources/poetry-x-hunger-grow-nourish-sustain-together
And, see Sunu Chandy's poem here -- https://www.roots-for-life.org/resources/poetry-x-hunger-do-the-math-spring-2020-quarantine-edition
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