Started in Philadelphia in 2008, Witnesses to Hunger began as a research and advocacy project (within Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-free Communities) that partnered with the real experts on hunger—mothers and caregivers of young children who have experienced hunger and poverty. Through their photographs and stories, Witnesses have become dynamic advocates for their own families and others, and they work towards creating lasting changes on a local, state and national level.

Witnesses to Hunger is a community advocacy organization that focuses on inspiring and empowering direct actions among those who know firsthand the experience of raising a child on a limited income. The members of Witnesses are mothers and caregivers of young children who used digital cameras to frame the issues most important to them and to their children. Exhibiting their photographs to the public is only one part of their advocacy. They are using these photographs and transformative storytelling of their life experiences to inform policymakers and make changes in their own communities. They collaborate with organizations and community leaders with similar goals and vision to strengthen their community ties and deepen the impact of their advocacy. They are living testimony of the need for legislation to put an end to hunger and poverty.


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Some of the organizations and entities Witnesses to Hunger has and continues to work with:

Center for American Progress
Talk Poverty
Moms Rising
Black Lives Matter
Philadelphia Youth Network
National Black Justice Coalition
United State of Women
Action for Boston Community Development
Mothers for Justice
The Village for Arts and Humanities
The Free Library of Philadelphia
Food Research and Action Center
Pathways PA
Philadelphia FIGHT