Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

Resolve to Fight Poverty

We know we can live in a world where everyone has a roof over their head, enough food to eat and access to clean drinking water. Unfortunately, despite some advances we’re far from this vision.

Hunger and homelessness are reaching crisis levels throughout the world and the problems are getting worse with the world-wide recession. Natural disasters, extreme weather, political conflicts, rising food and transportation costs and declining incomes have left millions at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness or starvation. It's so bad that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 1.02 billion people were undernourished in 2009, a 15% increase from 2006.

In the US, the situation is also striking. At the end of 2009, 15.3 million people were unemployed (10% unemployment). Among those that were unemployed, 4 in 10 were experiencing long-term unemployment (27 weeks or more throughout the year), the highest proportion of long-term unemployment on record.

Despite the problems we’re facing here and abroad, we’ve found little support for either short or long term solutions to poverty. According to the Washington Post, neither the United States nor other nations have actually dispersed the money pledged to rebuild Haiti. Likewise, Congress has been repeatedly unwilling to extend unemployment benefits as we rebuild the US economy. 

Unfortunately, the lack of political support is not new. Americans have grown to accept hunger and homelessness as the status quo. While people want the economy rebuilt and want their personal situations to become better, we lack broadbased support for systemic solutions to poverty.

Issue updates

Blog Post | Hunger

Conference Call to Fight Poverty: Sunday 9pm | CALPIRG

Resolve to Fight Poverty 2013
Weekly Conference Call

Sunday night at 9pm EST
DIAL: (605) 475-4700
Access Code: 990657#

We're looking for campus coordinators to launch the campaign and make sure students from their school are able to attend the conference in October. You can also find out ways to intern or volunteer.

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Media Hit | Hunger

Student groups hold rally on Sproul to protest sidewalk measure

A rally was held at the steps of Upper Sproul Plaza on Friday to protest and raise awareness of the controversial Measure S that will be voted on by Berkeley residents on Tuesday.

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Resource | Hunger

Hurricane Sandy Response Toolkit

Summary

The best way to immediately help the victims of a natural disaster is to fundraise and get the funds to on-the-ground relief organizations as quickly as possible. Check out our toolkit for tips. 

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Resource | Hunger

Hunger Clean-up Project Packet

Summary

Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Hunger Clean-up on your campus.

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Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Toolkit

Summary

Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Hunger Campaign Awareness Week on your campus.

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