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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.

Why We Should Use Empowering Language

Mar 07, 2024

Using empowering language builds an inclusive and welcoming space. It supports healing previous traumas and addresses the systematic oppression that violent language perpetuates.

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

May 15, 2023

In this post, staff member Natalie reflects on her first Mother's Day, highlighting that what moms really need this Mother’s Day is not a card or flowers but action and advocacy for policy change to ensure they have the support necessary to do one of the most important jobs.

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Paid Family Leave is Necessary for All Philadelphia Families

Apr 28, 2023

As outlined in a recent policy brief released by the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, extensive research concludes that paid family leave positively impacts adult and child mental, physical, and financial health and can have long-term impacts on family wellbeing.

In this post, staff member Natalie shares why paid family leave is important to families, communities, and businesses based on what she learned while developing a recent policy brief on the topic.

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Freedom to Choose a Life Without Hunger

Aug 08, 2022

Center staff member Sherita shares her personal reflection and frustration around why one of the richest countries on earth can have so much abundance and also so many people experiencing hunger at the same time.

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Dignity, Respect and Accountability in Free Food Distribution

Jul 28, 2022

The COVID crisis has resulted in more people needing help with food. In response to the increased demand, it has been heartening to see well-meaning people setting up new free food options. However, some of those providing free food are doing so in a way that disrespects and demeans those to whom they are giving the food, as shared through the personal experiences of members of Witnesses to Hunger, New Haven.

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Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health Long Overdue

May 11, 2022

The White House announced that for the first time in 50 years, it will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in September. This is the beginning of a long overdue government commitment to the health and wellbeing of people in the U.S. who have suffered for generations due to government inaction on food insecurity and poverty.

The Center's Director Mariana Chilton lays out her perspective on what is necessary for the conference to truly impact hunger and create an effective national strategy to end hunger by 2030.

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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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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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