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WhyHunger (formerly known as World Hunger Year, or WHY) is a 501(c)(3) organization (non-profit organization) that aims to end hunger and poverty.[according to whom?]


The organization works with more than 8,000 community-based groups across the globe, and has worked in 30 countries. These groups aim to help people to help themselves through food production, job-training programs, nutrition education, community economic development, healthcare workshops, youth programming, leadership development and more.[1][better source needed]


Founded in September 1975 by musician Harry Chapin[2] and radio host Bill Ayres,[3] WhyHunger began as a commitment between two friends, and has grown into a global non-profit.[4] After Harry Chapin died in a car crash in 1981, family, friends, fans and the music community worked to ensure that WhyHunger lived on. Today, Jenique Jones serves as WhyHunger's executive director.[5]


  1. ^ "Our Mission". WhyHunger. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  2. ^ Kantor, Ira (10 July 2011). "Remembering Harry Chapin: Three decades later, looking back at a singer with a cause". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ Konig, Susan (29 March 1998). "Q&A: Bill Ayres; In Forefront of Fighting World Hunger". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for WhyHunger". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  5. ^ Jones, Jenique (June 27, 2023). "Jenique Jones Named Executive Director of WhyHunger". PR Newswire.

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