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.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan Response Toolkit

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Super Typhoon Haiyan all but decimated the eastern seaboard of the islands, leaving in its wake over half a million displaced citizens who have no access to clean drinking water, shelter, food, or a way off the islands. Check out the Typhoon Haiyan Response Toolkit to learn more about what you can do to help out.

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NJPIRG throws dodge ball game to raise funds for storm victims

Instead of going out for drinks on Friday night, some students and their friends faced off in a dodge ball game to help raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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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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Hurricane Sandy Response Toolkit

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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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Media Hit | Hunger

NJPIRG campaign works with church

A woman with two children of her own and four foster children came into a church looking for food and clothing, because the foster system did not give her enough money to support her family.

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