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Volume 8 Issue 1   January 2015


Happy New Year from the Alliance to End Hunger

Amb. Tony Hall and Rebecca Middleton, Alliance to End Hunger

Happy New Year!  We hope that you had an enjoyable holiday season.  As 2015 gets underway, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for what we did together in 2014 and make you aware of the exciting plans the Alliance has for the year ahead. [READ MORE]

Auburn University Leads Global Network of Universities in Commitment to Fight Hunger, Malnutrition

Mike Clardy, Auburn University

Twenty-six presidents and other senior administrators – representing a consortium of more than 60 universities worldwide – today signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security at the United Nations, creating a blueprint for higher education’s role in waging and winning the fight against hunger and malnutrition.. [READ MORE]

"Branchless Banking" is Transforming Lives in Africa

Tom McPheron, Opportunity International

One of the best ways to improve lives and reduce hunger in Africa is to help farmers thrive. Opportunity International is rolling out cell phone banking and other “branchless banking” mobile technologies across Africa to enable farmers to access loans, open savings accounts, purchase insurance and receive other critical financial tools to help them manage their farms and become more successful. [READ MORE]

The World Central Kitchen Chef Network: Making an Impact!

Alexandra Frank, World Central Kitchen

With a billion people living in chronic hunger, it is going to take a collective effort to create smart solutions to hunger and poverty. With this goal in mind, World Central Kitchen recently announced the launch of the Chef Network, a network of 50+ socially conscious chefs from DC and around the world, skilled in a wide range of culinary arts and passionate about helping communities in need. [READ MORE]

Smallholder Support Key in Cargill's Participation in the Zero Hunger Challenge

Cargill, Inc.

Long-time Alliance member Cargill continued its commitment to improving food security worldwide through its recent support for the Zero Hunger Challenge. Cargill believes commercial smallholder farmers are critical to helping make the world more food secure. [READ MORE]

Islamic Relief USA Marks Eid-ul-Adha, Provides Food Distribution

Christina Tobias-Nahi, Islamic Relief USA

One of two most important Islamic holidays of the year is Eid-ul-Adha which due to the ever shifting lunar calendar fell this year in early October (next year it will be in late September). Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca. Also popularly known as the Feast of Sacrifice, this holiday commemorates in our tradition the Prophet Abraham’s selfless act of sacrificing his own son Ishmael to God to prove his devotion. [READ MORE]

Stop Hunger Now Engages Volunteers on Behalf of the World's Most Vulnerable

Submitted by Chessney Barrick Pullen, on behalf of Stop Hunger Now

Nine year old Mili is wide-eyed, smiling and talkative. She tells of jumping rope with her friends as easily as she does going hungry. “We are not always eating all the time,” she says with an innocent smile. “Sometimes my mother goes to my grandmother’s home and asks for food. If she has some we eat, but if she doesn’t, we don’t eat.” [READ MORE]

New Video Series Highlights The Power of Food Banking

Sue Canepa, The Global FoodBanking Nework

Food banks provide people with nourishment, hope and so much more.  Please watch Changing Lives: The Power of Food Banking and see just a few of the many stories of people whose lives have been changed thanks to the support of their local food bank. For more information, visit The Global FoodBanking Network.

Community Group Saves their Farms, Futures

Submitted by Greta Knapp, Counterpart International

Fabian Perez was all alone. After years of civil war crippled Guatemala’s highlands, farmers were used to working independently. Then last year the “coffee rust” fungus destroyed coffee crops and, with it, farmers’ livelihoods. The white fly infested vegetables and worsened malnutrition. Already poor, already hungry, many lives were in danger.[READ MORE]

Share Our Strength holds National Summer Meals Summit

Jillien Meier, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices

On December 15th-16th, Share Our Strength hosted the second annual National Summer Meals Summit. With more than 265 people in the room over the span of two days, they convened more than 48 states, 42 state agencies, and over 60 national and state non-profit partners, including USDA Administer Audrey Rowe and Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. [READ MORE]

FFA Chapters Double Meat and Egg Donations to Local Communities

Stefonie Sebastian, National FFA Organization

Serrano FFA in California raised turkeys and broilers throughout the year, which resulted in 1,000 pounds of meat being donated to their local food bank. Students in Greensburg, Indiana provided 624 pounds of produce, 383 dozen eggs and 360 pounds of pork to their community. [READ MORE].

New Report Shows the Roots of Democracy are Deepening

John Coonrod, The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project, in partnership with the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), recently launched the2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report. You may be wondering – why is a group called “The Hunger Project” working so hard for participatory local democracy? There are two reasons: first, because we believe it is absolutely critical for ending hunger, and second, because it is not getting enough attention. [READ MORE]

ProMedica Releases Monograph Outlining Role of Collaboration in Ending Hunger


ProMedica, a healthcare system based in Toledo, Ohio, is working together with community agencies, faith organizations, businesses, and elected leaders to end hunger, and sharing the successful strategies that are being employed in their region. [READ MORE]

Doing Cold Chain Better

Scott Bleggi, Bread for the World Institute and Eric Trachtenberg, McLarty Associates

Much of the food currently produced never reaches a human stomach since global losses amount to some 40% of all calories produced.  Food is lost because of poor handling and inadequate infrastructure, or is discarded in the marketplace or home. These “post-harvest losses” of perishable fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and dairy are estimated by McKinsey to be worth $252 billion per year. [READ MORE].

Upcoming Events:

February 20-22, Guelph, Ontario
Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit
Each year hundreds of students, representing UFWH activities at campuses around the world, gather to share best practices and inspiration, listen to world-renowned keynote speakers and honor extraordinary student leaders. The Summit has been hosted at various campuses around the world – including George Washington University in Washington DC, Guelph University in Ontario, Canada and National University of Agriculture (UNA) in Honduras. The 10th annual UFWH Summit will be hosted at the University of Guelph from February 20 – 22, 2015. We anticipate participation from hundreds of students, faculty and administrators from around the world as well as representatives from the private sector, government, NGOs and hunger advocacy groups. To learn more, please email

March 12: Washington, DC
Alliance to End Hunger membership and Board Meetings
The Annual Membership Meeting, held in the morning, is open to all members of the Alliance to End Hunger. The board of directors meet in the afternoon. For information on the meetings, contact Jennifer Simpson at

April 18-19, University of Georgia
Food Waste & Hunger Summit -- The Campus Kitchens Project

The Campus Kitchens Project is happy to announce that the second annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit. Co-hosted by several national nonprofit organizations, the Food Waste & Hunger Summit convenes student leaders who are pioneering solutions to the interrelated problems of food insecurity and food waste. The Summit gives students a forum to learn from experts in the fields of social justice, social enterprise, public health, non-profit management and related fields, in addition to sharing best practices in the fight against hunger. To learn more or to apply as a speaker, please visit To inquire about co-hosting, partnering or supporting the Summit, please contact Laura Toscano at
This newsletter was compiled by Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach at the Alliance to End Hunger. Comments and questions may be directed to
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