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WhyHunger Hotline Virtual Volunteer

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Hunger Hotline Advocate (Limited # of volunteer slots available)

At WhyHunger, we believe that nutritious food is a human right, and we support grassroots advocacy and organizing to help make that a reality. But until we build a truly equitable food system, there are still millions of people experiencing hunger in need of emergency support today. This is where our national WhyHunger Hotline comes in.

Hunger Hotline volunteers have the unique opportunity to provide direct emotional support, critical information, and emergency food resources to people who are experiencing hunger, all from the safety of their own homes. We provide information in both English and Spanish on local food pantries, soup kitchens, senior food box sites, and more for people in crisis so that they will be able to access food for themselves and their families immediately.

During the month of April, the busiest point of the Covid-19 pandemic, we spoke directly with over three thousand (3,000) callers.

Responsibilities for Volunteer Hotline Advocates:

  • Answer calls and respond to voicemail messages on WhyHunger's national Hunger Hotline.
  • Conduct searches on WhyHunger's Find Food database and other emergency food databases to help callers locate soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food sites in their communities.
  • Make referrals to emergency food sites and other social services that callers may need.
  • Document the stories and record demographic information shared by each caller.
  • Complete a call log entry for each caller.

To volunteer to help answer calls, you’ll need to complete a one-hour training. The training is conducted live via video conference and covers setting up your cell phone to receive calls via our Hotline app, an introduction and review of the internet resources you will use to help Hotline callers, and an overview of who our callers are, what to say on a call and how to best help callers meet their immediate needs for food access.

For questions and more information, please contact findfood@whyhunger.org

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About WhyHunger


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Mission Statement

WhyHunger attacks the root causes of hunger and poverty by promoting effective and innovative community-based solutions that create self-reliance, economic justice, and food security.


Background: For 35 years WhyHunger (World Hunger Year, Inc.) has been an effective force in fighting hunger and poverty by: Identifying, supporting, and replicating the best community-based hunger and poverty programs nationwide that empower people and promote self-reliance; participating in coalitions to identify and shape the most beneficial social policies that support long-term solutions to hunger and poverty; providing public awareness of the problems of poverty and hunger; and, sharing information and resources. WhyHunger was founded in 1975 by its present Executive Director and radio personality Bill Ayres and the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. Since its inception, WHY has made a difference; initiating 24-hour Hungerthons launched in 1975 in six cities on Thanksgiving Weekend, reaching 10 million people nationwide. Hungerthon, held annually for 23 years in partnership with the Infinity Radio System has highlighted some 750 grassroots organizations and raised more than $6 million dollars for hunger and poverty relief. Last year, New York Infinity radio stations spotlighted 13 local groups. In 1978, The Presidential Commission on World Hunger; The New York City Food and Hunger Hotline; The Center for Food Action of New Jersey; Long Island Cares (Long Island's food bank) in 1982; The 1992 Medford Declaration to End Hunger; Replication Manual partnership with Americorps*VISTA 1997-1999; The 1999 White House Conference, Innovative Solutions to Ending Hunger Through Self-Reliance; Nationwide Replication Workshops in 2000 in conjunction with the USDA; and, many other activities.



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.





  • 2 hours weekly minimum, 4 hours recommended.
  • We request that volunteers commit to 3 months if possible.

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