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Voices Blog

Voices of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Every person has a voice. How they choose to use that voice is defined by their values, passion, and life experiences.

This first-person series is focused on highlighting and elevating the voices of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities staff and program members. It is a record of how lived experiences have shaped their perspective and passion to create hunger-free communities.

A Positive Note

Jan 05, 2022

In this post, Network member Heidi shares her reflection on how joining the Building Wealth and Health Network impacted her life by allowing her the opportunity to focus on herself, her emotions, and her relationships. Because of the Network, she is no longer a shaken soda, ready to explode.

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College Student Food Insecurity: How to Make Real Change

Dec 21, 2021

Most people don’t think about college students when discussing hunger and food insecurity. Unfortunately, college student food insecurity is not as rare as most people think. According to numerous studies, 20 to 50 percent of college students in the U.S. experience food insecurity, which is consistently higher than that of the general population, but it is often an issue that is hidden below the surface of day-to-day interactions.

In this post, staff member Natalie shares her perspective on and possible solutions for the issue based on her personal work in higher education, the Center for Hunger-Free Communities’ research, and discussion from a recent Drexel panel on the topic.

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Motivation

Dec 10, 2021

Motivation to make true change in our lives must come from an internal source. For staff member Sherita, that motivation comes from envisioning the life that she wants to make for herself and her family.

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The Problem with Charitable Food: How to Really Address Food Insecurity

Aug 26, 2021

There are more than 15,000 food banks/pantries in the U.S. distributing emergency meals. That work has never been more needed than during the pandemic. But in reality, most charitable organizations addressing hunger are doing very little to truly solve the long-term issue of hunger and food insecurity.

As someone who has donated to and volunteered to support numerous charitable food organizations over the years, it wasn’t until Natalie joined the staff of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities that she realized how these "philanthropic activities" were more about making herself feel good than about actually addressing food insecurity. In this blog post, she shares what she has learned about the root causes of and possible solutions for food insecurity as well as alternative ways to make an impact on food insecurity as an advocate in your community.

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Unemployment Isn't "Easy"

Jul 29, 2021

Unemployment benefits have been labeled as an easier option than going back to work by many as employers face labor shortages in reopening after COVID-19 layoffs. But depending on unemployment in a time of need is not easy. The system can be complicated and cause harm to those utilizing the benefit. We must change how unemployment is viewed. It is an insurance policy, not a handout.

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A Look at Collective Trauma and Collective Healing

Jul 07, 2021

Trauma-informed care is becoming more of a priority for organizations around the country. Taking this work even further, organizations need to address their staff and clients' collective trauma by creating collective healing spaces that resist re-traumatization and also hold themselves and institutions accountable for harm caused.

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The Price of Trauma

Jun 28, 2021

Intergenerational trauma has long-lasting impacts. Poverty, abuse, and addiction have life-long effects. For most, the cost of trauma is too much to bear. But naming that trauma can lessen that load and put you on the road to healing.

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Widowhood and Trauma

Jun 22, 2021

Losing a spouse is a pain like no other. That is why it is so important to offer resources and support to build the resilience of those who have lost their closest love.

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Reflections on Juneteenth

Jun 17, 2021

Juneteenth is an important holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S. As white allies, how do commemorate the day that represents freedom that is still being fought for?

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