The Price of Trauma

I’m a victim of the multi-generational effects of trauma, including poverty, alcoholism, mental illness, and food insecurity. Growing up in North Philadelphia, I lived in various houses with inhumane conditions. Houses that were without heat and or running water. Unsanitary houses where we had to use shoe boxes for toilets. Houses that smelled of mold…

Witnesses in Action: Tianna Gaines-Turner Talks to Congress

On May 17th, Tianna Gaines-Turner, Site Representative of Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia, testified before the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity. The event itself was a forum about the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report, a 1967 Congressional report exploring racism, poverty, and segregation in America,…

Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia Spotlight in Farm Bill Policy Brief

Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia Site Representative Tianna Gaines-Turner recently spoke on the role of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) in supporting low-income households, and her testimony is featured in the Greater Philadelphia Farm Bill Working Group’s 2018 policy briefing, “Why the Farm Bill Matters for Greater Philadelphia.” Poverty isn’t something you can put a…

Speaking Out Against Trump’s Cruel Budget for My Daughter’s Sake

Sherita Mouzon of Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia was featured on the Philadelphia Inquirer discussing how President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget cuts to SNAP will cause lasting harm to children and their families. I believe that President Trump’s budget is absurd. Though I want to ignore it, I can’t let this one pass. It’s personal, and…

#WitnessesToHunger: New Haven Food Insecurity Report Released

Kimberly Hart, member of the New Haven Food Policy Council and a founding member of Witnesses to Hunger: New Haven, recently spoke with Esteban L Hernandez of The New Haven Register about the recently released food insecurity report, “The State of Hunger in New Haven.” Read the full profile to learn more about Kimberly’s work to end…

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Members of Witnesses to Hunger frequently contribute blog posts and essays on various issues relating to poverty and food justice. This month, DIANE SULLIVAN of Witnesses to Hunger: Boston writes on the dire need for legislators to improve access to healthy and affordable food, especially for poor communities. No, it’s not Sidney Poitier. It’s the…

#WitnessesToHunger: Hunger-Free America Anti-Hunger Corps Workshop

Witnesses to Hunger is a program that develops the best advocates to fight hunger and poverty in America. We believe that the experts– people with first-hand experience– should be the ones leading the education, training, and development of the next generation of social justice advocates. We recently had the opportunity to do a workshop with…

Witnesses To Hunger: Philadelphia – Myra Y. Keeps the Fight Going

Witnesses to Hunger is growing! We are inviting interested people to meetings in various cities to learn more about our work and become involved. We recently hosted a meeting in New Haven, CT where we are looking to expand our youth outreach and engagement. In this video, Myra Y. of WTH: Philadelphia shares her story…

#WitnessesToHunger at #CBCFALC2017: Fighting Poverty, Building Economic Security

For September’s #WitnessesChat, Witnesses to Hunger members Kim Hart of Witnesses to Hunger: New Haven and Tianna Gaines-Turner of Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia presented at “Fighting Poverty, Building Economic Security,” a panel presentation at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. Watch the video below to hear Kim discuss her experiences living with a criminal…

#WitnessesToHunger: New Haven Member Speaks With Yale Students

“Last autumn, on November 17 at Café Med, the crowd at the School of Medicine’s 24th Annual Hunger and Homelessness Auction grew quiet as Kim Hart, a 55-year-old lifelong New Haven resident, came to the microphone to provide a firsthand look at what it means not to have enough to eat. Hart, who lives in…