Hunger Is A Crime (Why Hunger)
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WhyHunger Kicks Off 33rd Annual Hungerthon Fundraiser

WhyHunger — a leader in the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world —commenced the 33rd Hungerthon. Held from November 1 through December 15, the fundraiser brings together radio partners including Entercom’s New York stations and their digital platforms, SiriusXM, Cumulus New York and iHeartMedia New York, as well as celebrity supporters including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Yoko Ono Lennon among others, to raise awareness about hunger and poverty, while engaging the public through radio broadcasts, merchandise, social media and an extensive celebrity-driven online auction.

“Our mission at WhyHunger is to ensure that access to nutritious food is not only a reality, but a right for the 40 million Americans struggling to meet that basic need,” said Noreen Springstead, executive director, WhyHunger. “We’re working on meaningful and sustainable solutions to end poverty and hunger. The funds raised through Hungerthon are crucial to strengthening our efforts. Thank you to our partners, ambassadors and supporters for once again coming together for this time-honored tradition.”

Hungerthon On-Air

Just ahead of Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, November 20, WhyHunger will host its annual Live Hungerthon Day via its radio partners at Entercom New York, including stations: WFAN (WFAN-AM/ FM), WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM), WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM), 1010 WINS (WINS-AM), ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM) and NEW102.7 FM (WNEW-FM), and on Cumulus New York, including stations: 95.5 WPLJ, Radio 103.9, 94.7 NASH-FM, 77 WABC. Live broadcasts feature interviews, auctions for unique experiences such as Guest DJing on air, exclusive Hungerthon merchandise and more. Donations are accepted online at Hungerthon.org or via the volunteer-staffed phone room (1-800-5-HUNGRY). The Live Hungerthon day has been supported by Entercom New York stations since 1985.

Hungerthon Auction Items

Hungerthon will offer exclusive auction items including autographed memorabilia, celebrity experiences, concert tickets and more via CharityBuzz starting November 7. Items include:

Billy Joel Tickets for His 12/19 Show at MSG & Autographed Guitar
Phil Lesh Autographed Bass
Jason Mraz Autographed Guitar
Coaches Club Tickets to Attend a Jets Game at MetLife Stadium
Broadway Show Tickets to Kinky Boots, Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago

Hungerthon Merchandise:

Throughout the month, supporters are encouraged to visit Hungerthon.org and make a donation to receive signature gifts including:

2018 Hungerthon Tee: This lightweight unisex shirt is a soft heather black with graphics printed in gold and continues to promote WhyHunger’s work around social justice and human rights. (Donation: $50)
Bruce Springsteen “Land of Hope and Dreams” Pin: WhyHunger, in partnership with Hard Rock International, is excited to offer this signature 2.25″ guitar pin. This red and black pin is inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s song and reads “Land of Hopes and Dreams.” (Donation: $25)
John Lennon Inspired “Imagine There’s No Hunger” Coaster Set: This set of four durable coasters comes in a tin case and each feature unique John Lennon designs that all include his signature. Each colorful coaster has a 3 ¾” diameter and a 1/8″ cork backing. (Donation: $30)
John Lennon Inspired “Imagine There’s No Hunger” Knit Hat: This cozy hat is heather grey and onesize-fits-all. One side showcases John Lennon’s doodle of himself while the opposite side showcases the lyric “Imagine There’s No Hunger.” (Donation: $40)
Tom Morello “Hunger Is A Crime” Hat: This hat prominently displays Tom Morello’s words “Hunger Is A Crime” in white embroidery. Tom Morello’s signature is embroidered on the side of the hat and the WhyHunger logo is displayed on an inside tag. (Donation: $40)
Tom Morello “Hunger Is A Crime” Raglan Shirt: Tom Morello’s infamous quote is printed on a unisex classic baseball tee with ¾ contrast raglan sleeves and crew neck. The WhyHunger logo and Tom Morello’s signature are printed on the back of the shirt. (Donation: $60)
“Hunger in a world of wealth and plenty is a crime,” said singer, songwriter and WhyHunger ambassador Tom Morello. “Hunger is a solvable problem. Hungerthon is a great way to become part of the movement and invest in the societal shift we so need to address the issues of hunger and poverty.”

Since its founding over three decades ago, Hungerthon has raised millions of dollars in the fight to end hunger and invest in community-driven solutions to build social justice for all. To find out more information and support this year’s Hungerthon, visit Hungerthon.org and follow the conversation on social media via #Hungerthon.

Editor’s Note: Additional images of Hungerthon merchandise and auction items are available upon request.

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. WhyHunger is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more at whyhunger.org.

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