The Closing the Hunger Gap Network works to broadly engage anyone who genuinely supports community empowerment efforts involving food in low-income communities so that we can collectively:
- Leverage food bank infrastructure and assets to strengthen local food systems and social and economic justice work
- Build relationships and understanding between food banks and connect this to the broader community food security movement
- Grow the movement to build a network culture of collaboration, innovation, and learning
Bi-annual Closing the Hunger Gap Conferences provide a space to make connections and share our work.
TOGETHER WE CAN CLOSE THE HUNGER GAP:
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We envision a time when all people can determine their own futures; when nutritious food is recognized as a human right; and when there is a political will to end hunger and its root causes. We envision ourselves as part of a growing, national network of collaborators and learners that engage with and support movements led by the people most impacted by hunger and poverty.
Closing the Hunger Gap is a network of organizations and individuals working to expand hunger relief efforts beyond food distribution towards strategies that promote social justice and address the root causes of hunger.
- Build and support a grassroots effort of hunger relief organizations to shift from a charity model to a social justice model.
- Build a national presence to promote a collective voice of organizations and their constituents calling for food to be recognized as a human right.
- Support grassroots movements led by the people most impacted by the root causes of poverty and hunger.
Statements of Values
- We are committed to equity and social justice and seek to shift the imbalance of access to resources and opportunities.
- We believe that food is the foundation of relationships, community and culture and that it is essential to the health (physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being) of people and the environment.
- We recognize that poverty is not an individual’s failing, but rather a systemic failing of our society and that changes to the system are need to move beyond band-aid fixes to empower individuals and communities to remove barriers.
- We strive to better understand and find appropriate solutions to address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
- We embrace a network and culture that is led by and listens to the people most impacted by injustice, hunger and poverty (justice centered).
- We strive to nurture a community that builds collective power and shared learning.
- We recognize food as a human right, and we will champion this right within communities.
- We believe in honesty and transparency and will act to hold our leadership and each other accountable for honoring our vision and values. We recognize where we are coming from, how we currently operate and are committed to learning, evolving and transforming.
- We seek to create a space that supports members in recognizing and facing uncomfortable truths in undertaking this work.
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