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StarChefs.com wants to encourage our community to give to the hungry. The following is a list of several of the many hunger relief organizations and how to contact them to volunteer or donate. If you represent a group that is not posted here, please contact us so we can add you to our growing list.

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StarChefs and Share Our Strength want to help give kids a healthy start.

Share Our Strength's Hour Kids campaign challenges all Americans to donate an hour's earnings to give our children a healthy start in communities nationwide. It's a simple concept with the power to unite all Americans behind a simple goal, ending childhood hunger and poverty. To be successful, it's imperative that all working Americans get involved.

Why is this important? Today, more than 12 million children are living below the poverty line. (Twelve million is more than the populations of Vermont, West Virginia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Delaware, Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Washington DC combined.) These children are susceptible to experiencing hunger and malnutrition, which can permanently hinder a child's physical and mental development. Even, in its mildest form, inadequate nutrition in a child's formative years - between the ages of 0 and 6 years old - can irrevocably affect brain growth, learning potential, long-term health and employment potential.

Through the funds raised, Share Our Strength will help ensure that thousands of children under the age of six get a healthy start by distributing funds to local and national agencies providing direct assistance, growth and nutrition and nutrition education.

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The Anthony Spinazzola Foundation

The Anthony Spinazzola Foundation was formed in 1992 in memory of Anthony Spinazzola, the highly acclaimed food and wine writer for the Boston Globe. Our mission is to continue the passion and dedication Anthony Spinazzola exhibited in his pursuit of perfection in all aspects of food and wine, as well as his commitment to education and the support of those less fortunate in our society by establishing a charitable organization that will raise funds throughout the year. As a result, the Anthony Spinazzola Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to "feeding hungry bodies and minds" by supporting hunger and homelessness relief through grants, and funding for culinary scholarships for individuals with the desire and drive, but not the means, to enter the hospitality industry.

For additional information:
  • Claire H. Murtha, Executive Director
  • Address: The Anthony Spinazzola Foundation, Cabot Executive Park,
  • 5 Cabot Place, Stoughton, MA 02072
  • Telephone: 781-344-4413
  • Fax: 781-344-4586
  • Email: info@spinazzola.org
  • URL: www.spinazzola.org


City Harvest provides food free of charge to over 200 certified agencies. This agency has created a transportation network to connect those who have so much food to help feed those with too little. City Harvest has provided more than 36 million pounds of food to emergency food programs which serve over 60,000 people weekly: hungry children, woman and men throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

For additional information:

  • Exec. Director – Julia A. Erickson
  • Address: 575 8th Ave, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018
  • Telephone: 917-351-8700
  • Fax: 917-351-8720
  • URL:www.cityharvest.org


Citymeals-On-Wheels has a purpose: to provide every one of New York City's homebound elderly with hand-delivered weekend, holiday and emergency meals. For many of the elderly the person who delivers this meal is the only visitor they will see for long periods of time. One hundred percent of contributions from the general public are used exclusively for home-delivered meals. Administrative costs are covered by designated grants from individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources.

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[The Coalition for the Homeless]

Coalition For The Homeless was founded in 1981 on the principle that in a civilized society every person has a right to decent shelter, sufficient food and the opportunity to work for a living wage. We remain dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of homeless men, women and children while working for long-term solutions to the crisis of mass homelessness. We use our direct experience on the frontlines to advocate for fundamental solutions that are more humane and cost-effective than current government policies.

We know that with homelessness comes terrible hunger. In 1985 a homeless woman starved to death in Grand Central Station. The Coalition responded immediately with our Grand Central Food Program to feed hungry people on the streets of Manhattan. Every night of the year our Grand Central Food Program volunteers bring nutritious meals to over 700 people sleeping on the sidewalks, on subway grates, or huddled under bridges. For many, this will be their only meal of the day and the only time someone takes a moment to offer them a kind word. Every night we see new people on the food lines - it is especially distressing to see the dramatic increase in the number of children and senior citizens.

The Coalition's Grand Central Food Program has a simple pledge: No one will ever die of hunger on our city's streets.

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[Future Harvest]

Future Harvest is an organization that builds awareness of the importance of international food and environmental research for a world with less poverty, a healthier human family, well-nourished children, and a better environment. It supports research, promotes partnerships, and mobilizes the scientific community, policymakers, the media, community leaders, and the public to meet the human and environmental challenges of the next century. Among the "ambassadors" who support its activities are Queen Noor of Jordan, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Hootie & the Blowfish.

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God's Love We Deliver is New York City's only nonprofit, non-sectarian organization preparing and delivering nutritious, life-sustaining meals, free of charge to homebound men, women and children with HIV/AIDS. GLWD also provides individualized nutrition counseling and education to people living with HIV/AIDS as well as to their homebound clients.

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[Kids Can Make a Difference]

Kids Can Make A Difference is an educational program for middle and high school students, focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to take some definite follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference. The program, developed by World Hunger Year board members, Jane & Larry Levine, consists of interactive classes conducted by the Levines or other trained KIDS teachers. Prior to the 1st class, the Levines talk to the teachers to assess their student's level of awareness, determine how many classes will be conducted and suggest preparatory activities for the students.

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[Oxfam America]

Oxfam America's Fast for a World Harvest is one of the largest anti-hunger campaigns of its kind in the country. The Fast is a nationwide effort to raise funds to combat hunger and poverty and increase awareness of these issues. Hunger plagues some 860 million people around the world, most of whom are extremely poor and uneducated. The Thursday before Thanksgiving- November 18th, 1999-marks this year's national Fast for a World Harvest campaign day. This year, one million people will help Oxfam meet an ambitious goal of $1 million to fight hunger and poverty by organizing an event that will educate, advocate and raise funds. Oxfam America is a Boston-based international development agency that works in partnership with grassroots organizations in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to find lasting solutions to hunger and poverty.

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Project Angel Food is the only organization in Los Angeles County exclusively dedicated to providing hot nutritious meals free-of-charge to homebound men, women, and children with AIDS. As a volunteer driver or kitchen volunteer you'll spend about two hours a week preparing or delivering meals to homebound clients.

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Share Our Strength (SOS) is still one of the nation's largest and most effective anti-hunger organizations. It mobilizes thousands of volunteers to give their time and talents to its creative community outreach, public education and direct service programs and to help support grassroots efforts to end hunger. SOS's volunteers includes more than 10,000 chefs, restauranteurs, authors, artists, photographers, corporate partners and concerned individuals who share their strength's to to help solve the hunger problem.

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Just Food began in autumn 1994 as the all-volunteer effort of a number of NYC and Northeast food-system leaders to promote a holistic approach to food, hunger and agriculture issues. Through our two major programs, The City Farms and CSA in NYC, along with other initiatives, we are creating economic and social justice through local, sustainable food systems. Most important, we provide New Yorkers and others meaningful ways to build just and sustainable alternatives to the destructive, corporate-controlled global industrialized food system.

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