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Activism 101: HUNGER AND POVERTY

The Activist's Toolkit

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FOOD NOT BOMBS

Food Not Bombs is a world-wide movement made up of over 1,000 independent chapters that provide free food to their local communities. The main ideology of Food Not Bombs is that food is a right, not a privilege.  Food Not Bombs provides free vegan meals to the public, regardless of whether one is hungry or food secure. We recognize that there is so much food wasted in this country, and yet people are still starving. We see this as violence.

NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

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The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.

DORCHESTER COMMUNITY FOOD CO-OP

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The Dorchester Food Co-op is a grassroots initiative to build a community and worker-owned grocery store that makes healthy food accessible and advances economic opportunity through neighborhood engagement. The Dorchester Food Co-op envisions a diverse community with opportunities for employment, ownership, and access to healthy food. As a food co-op, we will serve and reflect the wide variety of ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups that make up the neighborhoods of Boston.

GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK

GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, we distributed 60.7 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. We are committed to increasing our food distribution to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities.

ROSIE'S PLACE

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Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding. Thanks to these donations, 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to services for poor and homeless women.

FRIENDS OF BOSTON'S HOMELESS

Founded in 1987, Friends of Boston’s Homeless supports innovative, solution-oriented programs that help homeless individuals move beyond shelter to lead independent lives in our community. From basic emergency services to permanent affordable housing, the programs and services we support now help hundreds of people every year move beyond shelter to live independent lives in our community.

HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

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The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.