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ABOUT US: HUNGER VOLUNTEER CONNECTION

The mission of Hunger Volunteer Connection is to connect and mobilize volunteers and organizations in the fight against hunger in the U.S., thus improving the lives of people at risk of hunger. We seek to engage volunteers to leverage their talents as well as their time, to help organizations both build their capacity and extend their reach.

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Our Goal: 500,000 Strategic Service Hours

Hunger Volunteer Connection seeks to provide 500,000 service hours by September 2018, with at least half of those hours focused on activities that go beyond the food drive, yielding greater impact in the fight against hunger.

Why We Got Started

There are more than 42 million Americans who are food insecure today, and in 2015, 13.1 million children lived in food insecure households.1 But in a nation of plenty, we believe it’s everyone’s right to have access to enough food. We also believe that through the strategic service of volunteers and organizations that fight hunger, we can have a great impact—and see great results—in the fight against hunger.

Meet Our Partners

Hunger Volunteer Connection is a collaborative of leading organizations in hunger, civic engagement and volunteerism to help address hunger in communities all across the country through strategic volunteerism. Each partner organization worked as a team on content, released new tools, hosted national webinars and pilot-tested complementary trainings in limited cities. The training and tools help organizations identify opportunities for organizational development and increase the diversity of volunteer opportunities available, with an emphasis on engaging youth and families, bolstering skills-based volunteering and advocacy, and encouraging citywide service initiatives.

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The Alliance to End Hunger

Building the Will to End Hunger

The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad.

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Cities of Service

Cities of Service works with mayors and other local government leaders to address city challenges through citizen engagement and volunteerism.

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Hunger Free America

Ending Hunger Lifts Us All

Hunger Free America is a national nonprofit group building a nonpartisan, grass-roots membership movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

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Points of Light

Points of Light—the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service—mobilizes millions of people to take action and change the world. They bring the power of people to bear where it matters most.

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Taproot Foundation

Make It Matter

The Taproot Foundation drives social change by leading, mobilizing and engaging professionals in pro bono service.

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VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have a chance to make a difference. As the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, VolunteerMatch serves 100,000+ participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $6.8 billion worth of volunteer services.

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ConAgra Foods Foundation

The ConAgra Foods Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of millions of families by taking action to solve child hunger. Today, according to the USDA Food Security report, 15 million children in America are at risk of hunger and live in food insecure homes where they may not have enough food to live active, healthful lives. In partnership with leading anti-hunger organizations, we aggressively pursue sustainable solutions and commit to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life.

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WOULD YOUR ORGANIZATION LIKE TO PARTNER WITH US?

We’d like to hear from you. Please contact us to explore the ways Hunger Volunteer Connection can help your organization build its capacity and increase its reach in the fight against hunger.

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Build Capacity, Inspire Change

While training and development opportunities are available nationally by all initiative partners, Hunger Volunteer Connection prioritized five cities to deepen capacity building efforts and expand the use of strategic volunteers.

The five cities are Chicago, IL; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; and Dallas and Houston, Texas. Each city was selected based on food-insecurity rates for households and children, current and potential volunteer engagement, and the opportunity to leverage existing relationships and assets available through Hunger Volunteer Connection’s national partners.

Our six partners have been working together to provide in-person workshops, convenings, and technical assistance to organizations fighting hunger in the five cities since May 2015.

Through these city-based efforts, Hunger Volunteer Connection aims to train over 200 community partners that will have the increased capacity to engage over 5,000 volunteers in the fight against hunger. In the future, Hunger Volunteer Connection hopes to expand to additional cities.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Find out more about Hunger Volunteer Connection, and its vision of collaboration to inspire strategic volunteerism and ignite a national movement to end hunger.

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1 Household Food Security in the United States in 2015, ERR-215, USDA, Economic Research Service (Sept. 2016)

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