WhyHunger launched the Hungerthon campaign in 1975 as an annual Thanksgiving radio tradition to raise critical funds to support communities across America and build awareness about hunger and it root causes.
Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, WhyHunger’s 35th annual Hungerthon raised over $1.1 million – over half of which were small dollar donations – to strike at the root causes of hunger.
“This year’s unprecedented and compounding forces of the COVID-19 pandemic, record unemployment and alarming rates of food insecurity have been devastating for too many Americans. In this pivotal time, it is humbling to see such an outpouring of support during this year’s Hungerthon campaign. With thousands of people stepping up to give what they can, despite their own challenges, it is so encouraging to see Americans prioritize the basic human right to nutritious food for all,” said Noreen Springstead, executive director at WhyHunger.
The multifaceted campaign works with radio partners, celebrity ambassadors and sponsors, engaging the public through radio broadcasts, merchandise and a celebrity-driven auction hosted on Charitybuzz, in efforts to raise awareness and critical funds for community-driven solutions that end hunger and tackle urgent human needs through social, racial and economic justice.
The 2020 campaign brought together donors, like you, celebrity supporters including Yoko Ono Lennon, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Tom Morello, FRZY, Molly Tuttle, Jesse Colin Young, MJ Songstress, Niko Brim, Sean McConnell, JoJo Brim, Mike Taylor and Essie Golden among others, and radio partners including SiriusXM, Entercom New York stations and their digital platforms, and iHeart New York for a month of action and awareness building. To learn more about our 2020 campaign highlights read our press release.
Nutritious food is a human right! Donate now and invest in real solutions to end hunger in America for good. Funds raised through Hungerthon are invested in effective community-based solutions to end hunger and it root causes in the U.S. Learn more at whyhunger.org
Special thanks to all of our radio partners, the backbone of Hungerthon, for their vital role in fighting hunger in America.
Special thanks to the gracious Yoko Ono Lennon and Billy Joel for their support and partnership in offering last year's incredible Hungerthon merchandise.
And thank YOU for taking action!About WhyHunger
Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. A four-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, with highest ratings for excellence in fiscal management accountability and transparency, WhyHunger is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. 86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programmatic work. Learn more at whyhunger.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.