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Action Against Hunger delivers emergency aid and longer-term assistance to people suffering from the consequences of natural disaster or man-made crisis. Their mission is to save lives by combating hunger, disease and any crisis threatening the lives of men, women and children.


Bread for the World is a Christian voice for ending hunger. A nonpartisan citizens' movement of 46,000 people of faith, including 2,000 churches, BFW members help hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers on legislation that addresses hunger in our communities and around the world.


C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University is a vehicle to promote community engagement and scholarly activity focused on community-based food systems. Whether you are working to bring fresh food to limited resource families or maintain your family farm, considering a move to pasture-based farming or investigating a way to enter farming, starting a farmers' market or looking to add local food to your school lunch program this site will benefit to you.

Catholic Relief Services represents the US Catholic community by helping people in more than 80 countries around the world.

Center for Civil Justice operates the statewide Food Stamp Helpline with support from the USDA funded Food and Nutrition Program at Michigan State University Extension.

Center on Budget and Policies Priorities is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and priorities, with an emphasis on those affecting low and moderate-income people.

Center on Hunger and Poverty of Brandeis University's Heller School promotes policies which improve the lives and developmental capacities of low-income children and families in the nation. Established in 1990, the Center brings cutting-edge empirical evidence to the attention of policy makers, the press and the public, and provides advocacy groups and citizen organizations with the latest knowledge in relevant fields.

Child and Adult Care Food Program Mapper provides highly detailed census information that can be used to identify neighborhoods and communities needing child nutrition programs. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Mapper can help local groups evaluate poverty and program-specific data down to the school district and census block group level. The CACFP mapping tool, developed by the Fair Data 2000 project in conjunction with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). 

Children's Defense Fund is the nation's leading advocacy group for children's social issues.

Children's Hunger Relief Fund responds to children's immediate physical, emotional and spiritual needs following drought, earthquake, hurricane, war and other catastrophic disasters.

Church World Service is a coalition of 36 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions in the U.S., cooperating worldwide in programs of long-term development, emergency response and assistance to refugees. CWS is perhaps best-known among anti-hunger activists for sponsoring the annual 2,000 CROP WALKS throughout the U.S. that have been raising funds and awareness to fight hunger for more than 30 years.

Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Community Food Security Coalition Nonprofit Group encourages programs to help people in poverty grow food for themselves. CFSCNG also promotes affordable, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food.

Congressional Hunger Center develops new and existing anti-hunger leaders through its Mickey Leland Hunger Fellows Program and Beyond Food AmeriCorps Program. The Center teams up program participants to work with and learn from today's leaders and experts on poverty and hunger.


Detroit Agriculture Network's mission is to promote and foster urban agriculture and the sustainable use and appreciation of urban natural resources. They encourage the establishment of resource support networks, experiential education opportunities for youth and their families and collaborations that advance urban food security, good nutrition, healthy land and communities.

Detroit Eastern Market Corporation is a non-profit organization that has as its mission to promote the economic vitality and advance the public purpose of the Eastern Market District while maintaining its farm fresh identity and unique character.

Development Gateway is part of a World Bank initiative hosting a wide range of development topics where you can submit your own content and share ideas with other people. The following link will take you to the Food Security section.


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Division for Church in Society is the social justice arm of the ELCA. Through an extensive network of emergency disaster response, social ministry, education, public policy and corporate advocacy, ELCA members address the needs of God's world through works of service, justice and peace.


Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) is the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. Through a network of nearly 200 food banks, Feeding America distributes food to 26 million hungry Americans each year...8 million of whom are children.

The Feinstein Foundation seeks to end hunger in America through educational programs and political advocacy. To participate in the campaign, sign the online petition, download a petition and send it in via snail mail, or apply for one of three humanitarian scholarships offered by the Foundation.

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is a member organization of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Their service territory includes a 22-county region covering the Eastern lower peninsula of Michigan (expanding from Genessee, Lapeer & St. Clair counties north).

Food Bank of South Central Michigan is a member organization of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Their service territory includes an 8 county region in South Central Michigan (Barry, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, St. Joseph, Branch, Hillsdale & Lenawee).

Food First (formally known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy) seeks to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger by awakening people to the possibility of social change and their own power to bring it about.

Food for the Hungry is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to meeting physical and spiritual needs around the world through integrated self-development and relief.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States.

Food Resource Bank is a non-governmental, humanitarian, Christian organization committed to ensuring that "Food is a Basic Human Right" for all persons through support of sustainable development programs which address the human need for food security.

Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP) exists to catalyze change in the food system of Southeastern Michigan. They provide research, education and outreach with urban and rural partnerships, resulting in agricultural development opportunities, sustainable communities and healthy local economies.

Freedom From Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, they equip families with the resources needed to build futures of health, hope and dignity. 


Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan is a member organization of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Their service territory includes a 4-county region in the Detroit area (Livingston, Macomb, Wayne & Monroe).

Global Impact is a coalition of 50 of the nation's leading international relief and development organizations. ISA's mission is to help people overseas and in the U.S. who suffer from hunger, poverty and disease or from the ravages of war, oppression and natural disasters by raising awareness and funds in the workplace.

Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council is an expanding collaborative of chefs, environmental and religious organizations, planners, farmers, community gardeners, conservationists, educators and health professionals seeking to broaden the dialogue about our present food system and advocate for and create alternatives. 

Growing Hope is dedicated to helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening. Based in Washtenaw County, Michigan, they work with neighborhoods, schools, community groups and families to develop and sustain gardens.


Heifer Foundation combats hunger, alleviates poverty and restores the environment by providing appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers worldwide. Heifer Project's key concept is that each recipient must pass on to others some of the offspring of the farm animals they receive.

The Hunger Project is a strategic organization and global movement committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.

Hunger Relief Organizations - World Hunger Statistics lists the organizations involved in the elimination of hunger. Articles on hunger and poverty are also presented along with statistics on world hunger.

HungerWeb aims to prevent and eradicate hunger by facilitating the free exchange of ideas and information. It is a project of the World Hunger Program at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University.


Institute on Assets and Social Policy mission's is to generate policy ideas to broaden wealth, reduce inequality and improve the social and economic mobility of low-income American households by promoting asset development.

International Food Policy Research Institute identifies and analyzes policies for sustainably meeting the food needs of the developing world. Visit their website for the latest IFPRI news and to download information from among the hundreds of food policy research reports IFPRI produces.  


Jubilee USA Network is part of a global movement seeking to cancel the unpayable debts of the world's poorest countries.


Kent County Emergency Needs Task Force includes more than 100 non-profits, governmental, faith-based organizations, funders and concerned volunteers who work together to address our citizens' basic needs. The ENTF monitors basic service systems in Kent County, such as food, shelter, utilities and transportation. Each ENTF member organization continues to meet emergency needs requests from Kent County residents on a daily basis.

Kids Can Make A Difference is program of World Hunger Year. This site presents national and global hunger facts and references


Lutheran World Relief works in overseas development and relief on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.


MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger ("food" in Hebrew) raises money principally from Jews nationwide who donate 3% of the cost of weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and other joyous events. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger funds a variety of organizations including food banks and kosher meals-on-wheels programs for homebound elderly people, as well as state and national organizations that work for the kind of public policies that can bring about long-term solutions to hunger.

Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) works toward the social, physical, nutritional and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. MOWAA provides the tools and information its programs need to help others. MOWAA also gives cash grants to local senior meal programs throughout the country to assist in providing meals and other nutrition services.

Mennonite Central Committee is the relief and development arm of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. Founded in 1920, MCC has over 700 volunteers in 50 developing countries involved in food relief, agriculture, health and education and social services.

Michigan Agricultural Commodity Organizations includes a list of Michigan agricultural commodity organizations as well as links to commodity-related pages.,1607,7-125-1570_2468_2470-12816--,00.html

Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) (formerly known as the Family Independance Agency) contains a list of Michigan DHS offices by county. You can also access county statistics here.,1607,7-124-5461---,00.html

Michigan Farm Bureau's Harvest for All is a unique way for Michigan's first harvesters to finish the job by assisting FBCM in providing food to Michigan families in need. Find out more on their website.

Michigan Farmers' Market Association's mission is to become a central resource for the consumers, growers and market managers of Michigan Farmers' Markets.

Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) brings farmers and communities together to improve Michigan's triple bottom line: our economy, our environment and the social well-being of our communities through Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives.

Michigan Food Policy Council brings diverse stakeholders together to recommend and facilitate state-wide food system programs and policies. The council focuses on increasing food-related businesses and jobs, improving access to fresh and healthy foods, promoting Michigan foods and enhancing agricultural viability.

Michigan Food Stamp Network contains general information about food stamps, who is eligible and how to apply. The site includes a calculator that can help determine eligibility and how many food stamps a family may qualify for if they apply.

Michigan Grocers Association is a voluntary, statewide non-profit organization representing food retailers and the companies that serve and supply them. Founded in 1898, MGA is Michigan's most- respected and best-connected food industry association. MGA is the leading advocate for the state's food industry, representing the business interests of retailers and their suppliers in daily communication with Legislators, regulatory agencies and the public.

Michigan Land Use Institute works to develop an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity and protects the state's unmatched natural resources. The Institute promotes new financing, business development, land use and tax policies that help farms become more profitable, thereby preserving farmland, revitalizing communities and curbing sprawl.

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger works to create linkages between donors, wild game processors and charities that feed needy individuals. MSAH is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and is operated entirely by sportsmen and women concerned about making a positive difference in the community. Together, they have assembled a network of processors and charities to help channel wild game donations into the hands of those in need.

Mid-Michigan Food Bank is a member organization of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. The Mid-Michigan Food Bank service territory includes a 7-county region in central Michigan (Eaton, Ingham, Clinton, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Isabella & Clare).

MSU Food Domain contains an extensive collection of accurate, up-to-date information about food and nutrition to help you find the information you need.

Mixed Greens improves the health and academics of children by establishing their relationship to whole foods through the use of vegetable gardens and kitchen classrooms. Mixed Greens is currently in the process of developing a school garden network to increase networking, resource sharing and support for those individuals involved or interested in school and youth gardening in the West Michigan community. 


National Agricultural Library: Food and Information Center has been a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. The Food and Information Center provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.

National Council of the Churches of Christ is a leader in the movement for Christian ecumenical cooperation. The NCC works for peace and justice in the United States, addressing issues ranging from poverty and racism to the environment and family ministries.

NETWORK is a national Catholic social justice organization which lobbies, educates and organizes on the federal level, promoting economic justice for people who are poor and marginalized. Founded as a contemporary response to the ministry of Jesus, NETWORK uses Catholic social teaching and the life experience of people who are poor as lenses for viewing social reality.

North Carolina Hunger Network is a statewide, diverse membership organization committed to ending hunger and malnutrition through education, advocacy and research.

O provides international perspectives on global issues gathered from its partners worldwide: nongovernmental organizations, development-oriented news services, foundations and research institutions (including Bread for the World Institute). The OneWorld U.S. edition seeks to provide balanced and accurate coverage, identify sources and provide access to original documents through links to partner websites.

Oxfam International is an international group of independent non-governmental organizations dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. The organizations work together internationally to achieve greater impact by their collective efforts, and also maintain a Washington advocacy office which lobbies on a variety of issues.


PovertyNet, run by the World Bank, describes itself as providing "resources and support for people working to understand and alleviate poverty." The site also provides information about Bank policies and programs.

Poverty USA is an excellent multimedia website developed by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Travel on "Tour Poverty USA" to see how those living near the poverty line struggle to meet their basic human needs, take the Poverty Quiz and visit the Education Center for resources geared both towards children and adults.

Presbyterian Hunger Program recognizes that members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) must stand for justice in those arenas where the voices of the poor are not heard. It supports organizations and coalitions which advocate for public policies that provide food for poor and hungry people and empower their self-development.



Resal is the food security network of the European Commission. Their site provides outlines of Resal programs, country reports, overviews of the international environment and links to a large array of food security websites on the internet.

RESULTS is a nonprofit, grassroots citizens' lobby group working to create the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty.


Search to Feed is a search engine run by a not-for-profit that donates a cup of food to allieviate world hunger through Mercy Corps, an international family of humanitarian organizations that provides emergency relief, sustainable community development and civil society initiatives.

Second Harvest Gleaners Food Bank of West Michigan (SHGFBWM) is a member organization of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Their service territory includes an expansive 40 county region covering the upper peninsula and the western side of the lower peninsula in Michigan.

Seeds of Hope Publishers, formerly known as Seeds Magazine, has undergone a metamorphosis. They now offer worship resources for churches and other periodicals. Their publications follow the liturgical calendar and maintain an emphasis on hunger and economic justice issues.

Share Our Strength supports food assistance, treats malnutrition and promotes economic independence among people in need to meet immediate demands for food as well as investing in long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. SOS organizes creative events and programs to mobilize chefs, restaurateurs, authors and artists as well as accountants, consultants and business executives to help raise awareness and funds.


The Hunger Site enables visitors to click the "give free food" button and help feed the hungry. The staple food funded by The Hunger Site is paid for by site sponsors and is distributed to those in need by Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest.


USDA Economic Research Service provides issue briefings about food security and many other research topics

U.S. Catholic Conference, Social Development & World Peace Department seeks to share the social teaching of the Church, apply Catholic social teaching to major contemporary domestic and international issues which have significant moral and human dimensions, and advocate effectively for the poor and vulnerable and for genuine justice and peace in the public policy arena. Read the pastoral reflection of the U.S. Catholic Bishops entitled "A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty and to Respect the Dignity of All God's Children" by clicking here.


W is a Website to help WIC participants in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Washington learn more about child feeding issues such as providing regular meals and snacks, working with picky eaters, creating a positive eating environment and the roles of the parent and child in the feeding relationship. This Website is free for WIC clients.

World Food Day, observed in 150 countries, was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1979. World Food Day activities aim to heighten public understanding of hunger and strengthen solidarity in the struggle to make sure that everyone has enough to eat every day. It is held annually on October 16.

World Hunger Notes is an online publication of the World Hunger Education Service.

World Hunger Year seeks to attack the root causes of hunger and poverty by promoting effective and innovative community-based solutions which create self-reliance, economic justice and food security.

World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organization serving the world's poor and displaced by providing programs that help save lives, protect children, bring hope and restore dignity. provides information about the specific issues addressed by the advocacy arm of World Vision US. Visit this site to gain a greater understanding of these issues and find out what you can do to pursue just public policies that can change the circumstances of poor and oppressed people around the globe.





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